Those We Should Not Speak Of…

July 28, 2010

Did you see the movie The Village?  Where a group of people (plot spoiler straight ahead) created an isolated community to live sheltered from modern life and its potential traumas.  It was all other time-ly with their formal language and warnings to the youngsters of the boogie monsters in the woods, whom they kept calling “those we do not speak of”.

Well, there really are people out there we should NOT speak of.  Politicians short on substance or commitment to completing a term in office, young movie stars whose bad behavior leads judges to hand them the hard truth of consequences, professional sports figures with egos the size of the sun and trouble keeping their pants on, and the majority of other people who seem to make the Yahoo top 10 trending list.

People complain about these figures of pop culture…”When will she go away?”  “When will he get a clue?”

And here’s my solution.

Don’t talk about them.  EVER.  Don’t say their names, don’t make jokes about them at cocktail parties and don’t make fun of them in your online banter.  And absolutely DO NOT buy a magazine with one of these figures on the cover.  Because in many cases the only thing making them relevant is our morbid curiosity and desire to paint them in a poor light to boost our own egos.  And all that wasted energy leads to someone somewhere getting paid to provide “news” about them because they know we’ll keep consuming it to continue to feed our egos.

So stop.

Instead, pick people who try to contribute to the world in a positive way.  If you need to name drop the rich and famous to get you through a social occasion, pick Oprah, Bill Gates or Bono.  You may find reason to rip them to shreds, too, but at least they’re trying to make the world a better place.  You can never go wrong talking about how cool Warren Buffet is.

And maybe, maybe, maybe one day those aforementioned, but unnamed, folks will go away.

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3 Responses to “Those We Should Not Speak Of…”

  1. Ha – ‘those we do not speak of.’

    Great post, Sally.

  2. […] heard of it through the profanity-laced Tweet-rant of an author I admire.   (This adds to my previous argument that if you don’t like something in the public eye, STOP TALKING ABOUT […]

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