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April 30, 2009

Idiots on Craigslist’s “Rants and Raves” section – An honest opinion

If anyone was beginning to worry that the world is running out of idiots, fear not: the morons are alive and well, and posting at Craigslist at an unnerving pace. Any time, night or day, one need only click on the “Rants and Raves” section to have their brain seared by useless, misspelled, incorrect, racist, sexist, homophobic ramblings of loners on a pseudo-power trip granted by internet anonymity.

For those unfamiliar with how the “Rants and Raves” section works, it’s almost like a message board, where people can discuss whatever kind of topics they want. These days, it seems all anyone wants to do is trash each other, and display not only their lack of intelligence, but lack of humanity as well. Not convinced? Here’s a sample of what kind of argument you’ll find: (profanity has been edited out, but all other content, including spelling, remains intact)

Message 1: “I’m a Canadian-born Asian, and was called “c***k” twice today. The world is just about to be f—ed up globally. Mainly survival to stay alive. All of you racists have been living in complacency. When you have nothing to eat, no electricity, no clean water, the last thing on your mind will be calling people n*****s.”

Reply 1: “Shaddup c***k, you don’t like it here head back to c***k fatherland and rejoin the rest of the f*****g rats, we took you in roaches and all and all you did was f*** up the scenery with your c***kness, whoops that’s four times, oh well f*** you.”

Reply 2: “We’ll do ok. We know how to make fire and can bathe in lakes and streams. As far as food goes, I hear that n*****s don’t taste so good but c***ks are abundant. With a lot of marination, fat stripping and high temperatures you will do just fine.”

Reply 3: “All you h*m*s can do is sit and talk s**t about all other races but your own behind you f*****g computer, and complain like a bunch of women on their period… why don’t you start a protest? Protest to have all coulored people deported?…please show the entire city what you think because you’re not going to get far at all…your only resort is web sites like this because you don’t have what it takes to do something about it… even the jews and palestinian people have more b*lls than you f**s. F*** even the tamils were able to voice themselves in public … YOU F**S SHOULD TAKE NOTES…”

Reply 4: “Ok n**** boy, continue to be a homophobe then complain when people are racist… gays are more accepted than apes and monkeys, n**** guy why? Because gays are polite, handsome, fun, educated and they don’t go around killing people and jumping from brance to branch like a tarzan boy from the jungle.”

Wow. The angry idiots have internet access, and they aren’t wasting it on useless things like educating themselves, or even expanding their vocabularies beyond racial/homophobic slurs and profanity. Why am I writing about this? My day had been off to a great start; I was feeling very positive, very alive, and then this is what I stumbled on. I don’t know why people are so angry, and I don’t know what they get out of this type of interaction, but it’s ugly, and I’m amazed at what people will say when no one knows who they are. I guess anonymity brings out the worst in some people; although I also think that for some people, it’s impossible to contain their own stupidity. Why is everyone so angry?

However, I am not ending my night full of despair for humanity and its apparent lack of humanity. I know that forever semi-literate, moronic bigot out there, there are scores and scores of kind-hearted, open-minded, intelligent people who know better than to argue with lower life forms. I know there are people out there who don’t enjoy this type of mindless, pointless “argument,” and that’s why I’m not down. Shocked and disappointed, yes, but not down. Life is way too short to spend it entertaining these types of idiots, and it’s also too short to spend it focusing on the negativity they spread around. I choose to focus on the positive: on the bright side (if there is one), the brainless one seem to be sticking together, rather than infecting the rest of us. Keep to yourselves, morons; leave the adult world to the rest of us.

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