You might not think this type of language is very “nice” but I’d like to make an exception today. After all, there are a lot of un-nice things going on in the world, and a little foul language is the very least of our problems. What follow is the thesis of my post:
Don’t be a dick.
Comedian Ben Gleib has created a pledge and he wants you to sign it. We all know about Grover Norquist‘s pledge to never raise taxes. We know about the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. But I am most in favor of Gleib’s pledge. Why? Gleib’s pledge is all-encompassing.There are a lot of dicks in the world, and I’m not talking anatomy here.
Every person has the potential to be a “dick.” Each of us has been one; I’m the first to admit it. Guilty as charged.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if people stopped being dicks? I think so. As Gleib puts it, “A lot of the world’s problems could be solved if we all agreed to stop being dicks. From stealing someone’s parking spot, to starting wars, someone deciding to act like a dick is always what caused it.”
I have to agree. People put their needs and motivations constantly above consideration for others. It creates a culture of self-serving egoism that promotes insensitivity, abuse, and crime. Internationally there are massacres in Syria, horrific crimes against humanity in the Congo, political strife in Sudan, poor labor conditions in China. In America, we hear endlessly about corporate bailouts, oppression of women’s reproductive rights, religious freedom issues, denial of civilian rights to protest, politicizing what happens in the bedroom, and more. There’s a lot of dickishness going on here, people. And it’s getting OLD.
We all have the right to be free. We all have the right to believe what we want, say what we want, and do what we want… Only under one, very obvious condition: As long as what we do, say, and want does not hurt others. Does not take advantage of someone else, or cause them to be left with less than their fair share. It’s simply the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And if you don’t follow the Golden Rule, you’re a dick.
So. Don’t be a dick. Pretty simple. Sign the pledge. Share it with your friends.