Before You Tear Down Others, Ask Yourself This

What have you done?

If there is one thing that really pisses me off about society right now, it’s how hyper critical people are of everything and everyone that they don’t like, and how unjust most of it is. Just recently, we saw it with the movie Dunkirk. First it was the Salon article criticising the movie for “celebrating maleness” — an utterly ridiculous claim considering the amount of male lives destroyed during WWII. Following that, articles on how Dunkirk is a whitewashed version of the story, ignoring Indian and Muslim contributions to the effort to evacuate British troops. None of the criticism of the movie seems to be about the merits of the movie itself, but rather that it violates whatever rules the leftist, social justice crowd has set for representation in movies.

As with most critics who exist just to tear things down, they do it because they have no creativity of their own, and they resent those that do. So instead of trying to be better, to improve as humans and to actually make something of themselves, they attempt to tear down those that actually do create. Worse yet, their attempts of destruction are nothing more than virtue signalling. It doesn’t just make them feel good to try and destroy the work of creative people, it makes them feel virtuous because there are a whole bunch of others out there like them who all believe they are performing a service for society.

Dunkirk was made because Chris Nolan wanted to tell a story he thought was important. Hell, that’s why most movies or anything creative gets made — because someone wants to tell a story that they believe is important. Nolan didn’t criticise all of the other WWII movies out there because they neglected to tell this story in favour of other stories, he took up the cause of Dunkirk and told his own story. He created something. A true creative who believes that Dunkirk was whitewashed and feels that Indian soldiers were shortchanged might pen a long form article on their heroics. They might make their own movie on it. What they wouldn’t do is just sit there and criticise Dunkirk because it didn’t have everything that they wanted.

I’ve seen the same things dozens of times in dozens of different fields. Take a look at how many people come out of the woodwork anytime a fighter that they don’t like loses. People hate Conor McGregor and cheered when he lost to Nate Diaz, and will no doubt cheer that he just lost to Floyd Mayweather, despite the fact that they’ve never had the guts to step into a ring themselves, let alone even feel what it’s like to be punched in the face. Ronda Rousey was the same — she’s still got the greatest record of any female fighter in the UFC, but listen to how many people say how she was never really that great, as though bringing her down somehow elevates them.

I find this attitude despicable, because it’s weak. Because the first question that comes to my mind is, “well what the hell have you ever done?” I think Joe Rogan summed this attitude up really well after Rousey lost to Holm, because it can apply to so many other situations where people decide to armchair quarterback and second guess the actions of people who are doing things that they cant. He said:

“It’s that the people that are mean and nasty and insulting after fights, they’re the weakest aspects of humanity. They’re the people who are scared and terrified because they know that they could never do that. So when someone does do that and falters they’re like “ehh you fuckin loser, fuckin kill yourself”. Because that’s their own demons, their own insecurity and the knowledge that they could never do that in a million years. So when someone does do that and fails all of their insecurities come flying out of their stupid fucking mouth or fingers and that’s what it is. When I went on Instagram and Twitter and read all that mean shit about Ronda, I knew what that was. That’s the weakest aspects of humanity. If we could pluck people like that out of our culture the world would be a way better place.

And the people listening to this if you’re one of these people, you need to go for a long walk and recognise who you are because that’s why you did that. Both of those women put everything that they are on the line, and for you to insult them after they came up short, the reason why you’re doing that is you’re a cunt. You’re a cunt of epic proportions. And there’s no way around that. If you knew anything you’d just look at it and recognise the sacrifice, the drama and the danger of it all and you’d have respect for it.”

So if you’re like this, if you’re one of those people who has no accomplishments but lives to criticise every little thing, if you love hanging out in the comments section of anything or bitching on Twitter, it’s time for you to wake the fuck up. You’re not superior or even on the same level as the people who actually create things. Posting a snarky comment about how the author of an article is stupid or doesn’t know what they’re talking about doesn’t make you sound clever, it makes you sound like a smug asshole. They’ve spent hours putting serious thought and effort into creating something, and you’ve spent thirty seconds being snarky. How about you either go and create something of your own, or shut the hell up?

And here’s another thing. If you are one of these people, you’re nothing more than a bitter, cynical loser. We live in the greatest time of history, the world is your oyster and you can do or create anything, but instead, you choose to sit back and be a critic of anything you don’t like, as though the world exists to please you. You’ve probably never noticed that really successful or even happy people don’t spend their time criticising others all the time, because they’re actually out accomplishing things and living a life that’s worth living.

So if you’re one of these people, stop commenting on things that aren’t important and get off Twitter. Your opinion is worthless, and your snark and “wit” even less so. Even if a movie is terrible, you pointing that out doesn’t make you some kind of genius, it doesn’t even put you on the same level as the guy who ran around and got coffee for everyone on the production. They actually worked hard and created something. That is almost always worthy of credit and recognition. Bitching about something isn’t. So for all our sakes, but yours most of all, get off your ass and go and accomplish something in this world. Go and make someone of yourself; write a book, direct a short film, work your way up in a worthwhile career. Just do something besides tearing down the work of others.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Thedore Roosevelt