Yes this is going to be a ranty post
In the past week I have witnessed, or been privy to, a whole heap of what I consider absolutely unacceptable behaviour.
First up, during torrential rain and flooding across the country a news outlet reported a woman in a small car aqua-planed across a road before coming to rest drivers side down in a meter high water-filled ditch. 5 cars drove past, the last stopping momentarily to take photo’s before carrying on, before anyone actually came to help her as she tried to climb out of the passengers side window. Luckily she was only shaken a bit bruised but is seriously lucky she didn’t drown, although her faith in human nature has been sorely tested.
In what kind of world is it ok not to stop and assist when someone has an accident!?! It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing! YOU STOP!
Then there was this:
One of the Facebook chat rooms that I belong to is for people who are stitching projects for a specific design company. Every so often the company owners run a challenge where you have to complete X amount of stitches using certain parameters be it a stitching style or perhaps a layout. It’s just a fun way of trying out different stitching methods that you might not think to give a go. As a bonus the company owners liaise with a designer and gift everyone that completes the challenge with a free reward chart that will never be released for general sale. Nobody knows what this chart will be until its released and it really is just a virtual pat on the back for those that achieve.
One such challenge has just been completed and the chart was sent out on the weekend.
I have never been so disgusted with a group of people in my life. So many ungrateful dickwads in one place! The amount of complaints that have been very pointed and rudely placed on the FB page amazes me. Loads and loads of ‘I don’t like the chart’ ‘This chart is not my cup of tea’ ‘If I had known what the chart was I wouldn’t have bothered doing the challenge’. These have only surpassed by the even ruder ‘I don’t like the chart so for future challenges you should just give us all a free chart from our wish list’ ‘I did the challenge and think this chart bites so give me a different one of my choosing’.
FFS! Do any of these idiots have any idea how disrespectful and disgusting they are being?!? It was a challenge not a competition! The fact that you got anything at all was just a bonus!
In all seriousness who do they think was going to pay for the 300+ free charts that they expect to have bestowed on them?
The artist certainly doesn’t deserve to be out-of-pocket and it’s already hard enough to make a living as an artist without doing that to them.
The charting company doesn’t deserve to be out-of-pocket either. Every chart that is sold or gifted owes royalties to the artist and the mark-up on charts is not that huge so doling out 300+ lots of royalties with no return would more than likely bankrupt a small business.
The artist that designed the chart certainly didn’t deserve to see all the ‘I hate this chart’ posts. I can well imagine this would have been rather soul-destroying to have your art, which would probably carry a part of your soul in it, be vilified publicly. Sadly I actually thought it was rather beautiful, although the chances of me ever stitching it are rather remote, but then I already have a list of about 20 “must be done before I die”s and they take 2-5 years to complete so yeah.
When did we become such a society of ‘me first’ wankers? It makes me so sad that a bunch of people could not see past their own opinions and desires to look at not only the practicalities but the joy in what this company had tried to achieve. In an age when you almost never get anything for free, when we do we complain? When did we become such a society that is always looking for a hand out instead of a hand up?
The company have now announced that all future challenges will not have any freebies attached and I seriously can’t blame them.
In a week that was rather hideous on a personal level as it came with the knowledge of terminal diagnosis’ for 2 separate and completely unrelated children of friends I find that I am completely disgusted with human nature.
There is a whole lot more words inside my head right now that I am itching to say but I won’t. I’m starting to reach the point where I will be rambling even more than the waffle above. So I’m just going to leave it with this.
I will continue to ‘swipe right’ when I see conversations that I don’t agree (barring large injustices of course)
I will continue to help when I see help needed
I will continue to stop for accidents and assistance
I will continue to give to charities and worthy causes
I will continue to be grateful for all gifts and treats
I will continue to be grateful for what I have and what I can achieve
I will continue to be me
I have bought my kids up with this phrase ‘You have to give to recieve in this world’ I see this as the first step in making the world a kinder less selfish place.