The great American stand up comedian, actor, writer, Patton Oswalt once said ” So when you spot violence or bigotry, or intolerance of fear or just garden variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think the good will always outnumber you, and we will always win.” Great quote, I´m going to deconstruct it just for the sake of it.
The premise is that good will always win over “evil”. The premise is…fucked up.
You spot violence, yes just look the other way. Tell the perpetrator who is committing an act of violence towards another person or towards you…”Hey idiot, the good will always outnumber you and we will always win!” You have to say it with energy for the violent person to stop though. What are we in the world of Alice in wonderland. In my mind that´s being a coward, you see a violent person hurting some other person,(it all depends on the situation if two gangsters are going at it, good for them or two drunks) but if I see a man hitting a woman, a man being robbed by another man, a woman being rapped, and you do not do anything….you´re a coward in my mind. Not saying that you have to get involved physically with the violent man,(I would but I´m a bit nuts) but you can scream at him, and maybe some passerby will come to the rescue, dial 911, there are options that don´t require you to just sit put and hope that suddenly this guy will stop for the grace of God.
Next bigotry, according to Merrian-Webster(the cool dictionary online) is a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, et.c. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group such as a racial or religious group….. O.K, that´s freedom of speech, may like it or not. The irony is that where it most happens is in a democracy. Yep, and my guess is that in a totalitarian country if you say something that is against the status quo you´re head is chopped off of you go to jail. Tell the Mullas in Iran, “Allah sucks I don´t like him” That would be bigotry then since I can´t tolerate that religion. Then the Mullas say “akjakjdkajfkalj chop off head!!!” And then there is no bigotry anymore, since other´s will probably think twice before opening their mouth. So in this case being able to be a bigot I will argue is not all that bad, because that means you are living in a free country. You can then respond or ignore the bigot, but at least you are free to choose. So the word “good” is irrelevant in this case.
Intolerance of fear, this is basically the same as bigotry both have the common thread of intolerance, and when Mr.Patton says “the good will always prevail” it seems to me idiotic. Again I´ll revert myself to the argument I made for bigotry, except with the added value that this intolerance is not unlawful like in dictatorships, and like it or not, someone or better said quite a lot of someone´s will always be intolerant. So that´s not all that bad considering you can only be intolerant in a lawful way in a democracy in a free country. Or do you prefer the intolerance of some countries like for example India comes to mind, where women are treated let´s say not as good as they would be treated in the U.S, by the culture at large and with the wink wink of the government. If not they would pass serious laws giving women more protection and freedom and not having to be so submissive under the males or the gang rapes that seem to be their national sports game over there. So yet again the “good will always win” I find it stupid, if you want the good to win then you have to impose some kind of laws that are going to infringe in the freedom of speech, and in a democracy there are a lot of people with different ideas who think differently and don´t tolerate certain things from others. But at least you are free to say so. I can say “I love meat” And an extremist PETA nut job will jump at me calling me animal killer and say that I´m the worst of the worst. O.k, fine. Try to do that with another argument in some totalitarian country, seems to me is not going to go very well.
Misogyny , hatred of women or consider them less than man. Again is a belief some people have, personally I don´t know them but there they are. And again women can fight back in a democracy. And if you wan´t to argue about women making 75 cents a dollar compared to man, I can argue a good why of that. But look this only happens again in democracies. Don´t think they are doing all that bad. For crying out loud most of the jobs I had, except my time in the army where women who wipped my ass every time I screwed up, they where in higher level positions. And I did like it by the way, hummmmm.
Hatred, ignorance, I guess that when he uses these two words he is reffering that ignorance tends to lead to hatred. Which I find it not to be true, there are plenty of smart educated people who are quite hateful. So one thing does not correlate with the other therefore the part of “good will always win” is completely irrelevant.
Summing it up, life is not fair, we do not live in the twilight zone nor in Alice in wonderland world. So just deal with it, and be accepting of what you got, because like it or not here I am blogging, writing about it without the threat of death as could very well happen in some other not so free countries. And I know those countries first hand I should add. Not fun living that way.
So what kind of quote did this genious said. Sounds great when you first listen to it as when they gave it to me, and after thinking for just a half a second I thought Mr.Patton, where is your head? Probably in the twilight zone.
Stay Frosty gents and gentesses.