Ten (or Twenty) People I’d Rather Avoid May 8, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
Greedy Gus & Dishonest Darla ~ Anyone who is willing to lie, cheat, steal, or exploit others in order to make a fast buck, including Investment Bankers, the Waltons (of Walmart fame), televangelists, the CEOs of Exxon-Mobil (and other big businesses), many career politicians, and anyone else who values the almighty dollar above the long-term welfare of the world and its inhabitants.
Harriet the Hypocrite & Larry the Liar ~ People who are fake and phony, and wear masks to hide themselves from scrutiny, including those who say one thing while doing another. People who are more focused on appearances, than on actual substance. Those who would rather look good, than do good or be good. Just remember, you can fool some of the people, some of the time . . . but you’ll never fool the “man in the mirror.”
Vic the Prick & Warmonger Wanda ~ People who resort to violence as a means of settling disputes, or satisfying their own selfish needs, wants and whims, rather than communicating in an honest effort to explore Win-Win scenarios. Anyone who advocates the offensive (rather than defensive) use of weapons at a global level in order to get a bigger piece of “the pie.”
Belinda the Bully & Bob the Batterer ~ Anyone who abuses animals, children, spouses, or the elderly in order to prove to themselves (or others) that “might makes right,” or for any other reason stemming from ego-gratification or profit motive. Enough said.
Judgmental Joe & Prejudiced Paula ~ People who judge others as inferior or lacking by applying outdated stereo-typical labels and classifications, rather than taking the time to get to know the character of the individual in question. We are not the labels we wear.
Harriet the Hog & Piggy Pete ~ Anyone who refuses to reduce, reuse and recycle out of sheer laziness, apathy, or elitism, including people who live in McMansions, own multiple homes, fly around on private jets, or drive gas-guzzling automobiles in an effort to demonstrate their “worth” to the world, or out of a misguided sense of entitlement to consume unnecessary resources . . . just because they have the financial means to do so.
Enough already. We get it. You’re rich. Just remember that your financial net worth has nothing to do with your moral worth to the world.
Frank the Follower & Carly the Conformist ~ People who play “follow the leader,” rather than thinking for themselves, especially those who constantly urge everyone else to “get in line.” Before arrogantly spouting off accepted dogma, consider having an actual conversation with your intended audience.
Self-centered Stella & Willy the Whiner ~ Anyone who whines about trivia and minor annoyances, like getting cut off in traffic or experiencing a slight delay in a restaurant, without counter-balancing their petty concerns with a look at issues of actual import like global warming, world hunger, natural disasters, and issues of social justice.
Victor the Victim and Helpless Hannah ~ People who spend time bemoaning their fate, and blaming others for their failure to get what they want out of life, rather than being pro-active. Those who are prisoners of their past, rather than architects of their future.
Boastful Betty & Bob the Braggart ~ Anyone who attempts to increase their worth in the eyes of others by constantly ticking off past accomplishments, rather than focusing their time and talents on demonstrating their current skills and abilities. As MJ Heiser (a wise writer) said recently, “confidence is sexy, arrogance is not.”
Tiggers! I like Tiggers!
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
Aah . . . that’s better!