By Timothy Baril
This is a letter about all the bad decisions in the world. The rude, the crude, the lazy, the ignorant, the selfish things we do. The decisions that spread pain and suffering. We make the world more difficult for everyone else each time we make one of these ugly choices. To all of the poor choices out there I want to say this:
Fuck choosing to smoke. It spreads stink and cancer-causing smoke in public and drags down our health care systems. We’re sick of smelling like an ashtray because of it. Let’s choose health and consideration for others.
Fuck choosing to make smoking legal, when it’s scientifically proven to be harmful to everyone’s health. We knowingly let greedy businesses poison the public just so we can harvest taxes from addicts. By that logic, as long as its taxed properly, we may as well legalize heroine and murder. Let’s choose to outlaw tobacco and do what’s best for our constituents.
Fuck choosing to be fat and forcing stores to carry eighteen different sizes instead of eighteen different styles and placing increasing burdens on our health care systems. We’re surrounded by information on how to live a healthy life, so ignorance is not an excuse. Let’s choose to be healthy and fit.
Fuck choosing to believe that we’re the exception to the rule, the one-in-a-million in order to not be responsible for our decisions. Odds are, we’re not an exception. We’re not allowed to blame rare genes until we’ve proven that the vegetables and exercise don’t work. Let’s choose not to make excuses.
Fuck choosing to be uncomfortable with the word Fuck. Let’s grow up. We should not be scared of words. If we don’t want our kids to use fuck as every second word, then let’s teach them how to use it properly!
Fuck choosing to drink and drive. Fuck even thinking one drink is ok before we get behind the wheel. Killing someone because of our gross negligence is not ok. Let’s choose to drive responsibly.
Fuck choosing to take what we don’t earn and choosing to murder what’s irreplaceable. This applies to corporations and nations too. Let’s choose to take only what we earn and to preserve the sanctity of life.
Fuck choosing think that enforcing the law is more important than thinking about whether we should really have those laws in the first place. Are we someone else’s blind tool, robots controlled by political corruption and greed? Or are we members of our community whose first concern is the welfare of the people we’re supposed to be helping? Let’s choose to question our laws and only have rules that really improve life for all of us.
Fuck supporting wealth inequality by choosing to make as much as possible, whether we deserve it or not. That applies to the doctors and lawyers who overcharge for services, and double to all the bankers and financiers and stock traders and everyone else who creates so-called wealth out of nothing. Our currency wars, mortgage schemes, empty investments and illusionary economy are hurting all the people doing real work. Let’s choose wealth fairness, where everyone gets what they deserve.
Fuck choosing to make education a commodity, choosing to be more concerned with making profits than raising quality people. Corporate education only seeks to create mindless worker drones and consumer slaves. This is a system designed to create further wealth disparity, and that is totally wrong. Let’s choose a public education system that focuses on creating healthy, wise and cooperative people.
Fuck choosing to become part of the “one percent” and thinking that profit is a good thing. The wealth disparity we create gives rise to most of our social ills. Nothing we can possibly do makes us deserve a thousand times more than anyone else. Profit = unequal. Let’s choose to do away with the ability to be rich.
Fuck choosing to have and support a military. Whether we’re soldiers or the politicians who send them overseas, our job is murder, and we profit from it. And every dollar spent on guns is a dollar less for education, health care and science. Let’s choose to stop spending money and lives on death and start spending it on life.
Fuck choosing not to believe in evolution. Let’s choose science over imaginative fears and misplaced faith.
Fuck choosing to spend more time with a television than with friends and family because fictional relationships are safer. Let’s choose to spend time with real people and have real relationships.
Fuck choosing to spend more time at work than with friends and family, just so we can buy more things we don’t need. Let’s choose better priorities.
Fuck choosing to rape. And fuck choosing to lump all the great guys in the world with a few bad apples, talking about ‘rape culture’ like men are born with some kind of fault that makes them naturally evil. Let’s believe the best in people and treat everyone with respect.
Fuck choosing to be a self-absorbed princess-types who think it’s the man’s responsibility to make us happy in life. Fuck choosing to marry for money or status or anything other than true love. Let’s work to be equal partners, and to love and support someone because we believe in who they are.
Fuck choosing to give up on personal fitness and romance once kids come along. We deserve better, and so do our spouses. Let’s choose to be the best we can be for the people we love.
Fuck choosing to have beer guts and never learning to communicate emotionally. Let’s choose to become someone’s knight in shining armor or Prince Charming instead.
Fuck choosing to be parents who use their kids as an excuse. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Let’s stop using our children as an excuse to not be with friends, to never exercise, to stop being involved with our community. Our friends are happy to hang out when our kids are around, and we’ve got friends and family and babysitters to give us time off from parenting. Let’s help each other enjoy our lives and relationships even when we’re parents. Let’s stop trying to do everything by ourselves.
Fuck choosing to waste food. Let’s produce and eat only what we need.
Fuck choosing to genetically engineering our food without public, scientific oversight. Fuck choosing to smother the land in chemicals that poison the planet and all of us on it. Let’s be smart about how we grow our food.
Fuck choosing to care more about getting re-elected than getting things done for the right people and for the right reasons. Let’s do what’s in the best interests of the people, not our political careers.
Fuck choosing to allow profiteers to hide behind corporate masks, buying our politicians and manipulating our governments. Let’s stop caring more about profits than people and take control of our collective future.
Fuck choosing to be CEOs and other executives with golden handshakes and golden parachutes and golden fucking bathroom faucets in fucking sixteen bedroom mansions. Let’s share our wealth with all the good people doing the actual work in our companies.
Fuck choosing to be ignorant voters who eagerly swallow wholesale garbage about how to think and feel about the issues at hand. We fought to live in a democracy where we have the power to decide our own fate. Let’s do our civic duty to learn about issues and participate more in politics.
Fuck choosing to slut-shame our peers or jump on the anti-sexuality bandwagon just to ingratiate ourselves with haters. Let’s support the freedom to choose our own level of sexuality, and to be open about it.
Fuck choosing to bully others, thinking bullying is a legitimate life strategy. Let’s cooperate and treat each other with respect and dignity.
Fuck choosing to tie our identity to material things and superficial, meaningless choices such as what we like or don’t like. Let’s base our indentity on values and principles and our relationships.
Fuck choosing to not give a shit. To not care. To not try. Then somehow finding the energy to insult and drag down everyone that does. Not caring doesn’t make us cool. Let’s care and let’s do our best, because it makes life better for us and everyone around us.
Fuck choosing racism or forcing everyone to think and act the same way. Diversity is a vital necessity in society, in culture, in the living world. Let’s choose to understand that being different is often a good thing.
Fuck choosing believe in imaginary beings more than in ourselves and each other. And worse, using these beliefs to hurt other people. Religious differences having been tearing us apart and causing pain for thousands of years. Let’s choose to believe in ourselves and support each other first, and make the best of this life, together.
Fuck choosing to make Christmas too commercial, or to give up on it because other people have over-commercialized it. Let’s stop trying to suck the magic out of it for those of us who still believe in love and goodwill towards man. Let’s get out there and make Christmas something worthwhile for us all.
Fuck choosing to think Halloween is stupid because we’re too scared to wear a costume in public. Why are we trying to make each other feel bad for looking silly or sexy or being enthusiastic about holidays like this? Let’s have fun and encourage each other to dress up and celebrate without fear of embarrassment.
Fuck choosing to reply with a smart-ass ‘witty’ comment instead of something constructive to contribute. Our attempt to be ‘funny’ is still an attack on others. Mockery and ridicule hurt. Let’s try saying something supportive or constructive instead.
Fuck choosing to be a terrorist and choosing to fund them and hide such people. Fuck choosing to opportunitistically jump all over terrorism as an excuse to sell stuff, to get our face on camera, to get votes, and to pass bullshit laws. Let’s spend more time working together, caring about each other and being constructive instead of destructive.
Fuck choosing to lie, to market with manipulation, to sell insurance people don’t need, and to peddling doomsday scenarios to further our own careers. Let’s be honest and focus on how to make everyone’s lives better, not how to make profits for ourselves.
Fuck choosing to make education a financial burden that many of us can’t afford, and which chains us to shitty jobs for decades just so we can pay off our student loans. Let’s make education cheap and available to all, because the more educated we all are, the better off we all are.
Fuck choosing to Cheat, trying to get something for nothing, or an unfairly better result than the person we’re dealing with. Fuck choosing to approach every situation with a ‘Me Win – You Lose’ attitude. The more we cheat each other, the worse society gets for all of us as we undermine trust and relationships. Let’s be fair and kind to each other, building trust and improving relationships. Let’s think win-win.
Fuck choosing to limit nudity and label anything sexual as somehow immoral or wrong. The human body and sex are COMPLETELY NATURAL. They bring pleasure. They are necessary for reproduction. Let’s stop making people feel ashamed of themselves, which only spreads pain and causes negative self image. Let’s celebrate the human body and support sexual freedom.
Fuck choosing to take the environment for granted and raping it for unnecessary, unsustainable commercial purposes. All life is connected, and when we destroy part of it, we put the rest at risk. We’re selfishly putting our future at risk for a shiner new TV. Let’s realize that we live in a highly interconnected ecosystem shared by many other living things and that it is our duty and responsibility to protect the evironment, not just for us, but also for our children.
Fuck choosing to be selfish. That causes nothing but pain. Let’s be cooperative instead.
Fuck choosing to be ignorant. In the age of information, ignorance is no longer an excuse. It’s a choice and ignorance is holding us back from happiness, health and prosperity. Let’s choose to constantly be learning.
Humanity is a team. Progress and happiness are shared goals and the more we all work together and collaborate, the better off we all are. The reason why we’re not achieving our potential as a species and as communities, is because of all the bad decisions out there sabatoging our team and dragging us down. This includes choosing to be apathetic.
It’s difficult to label people as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ because we’re usually a mixed bag of development. We all develop at different rates, and, even within ourselves, different parts of us grow at varying times. At any given time there are parts of us that are awesome, and parts which need a lot of work.
Don’t worry, just because we’re not perfect doesn’t mean we’re a bad person. Even if we’re guilty of making some of the decisions in this letter, we may still be a good person, or at least still have that potential. As long as we’re actively trying to improve and make the best decisions in life, we’re doing our part. We may have made mistakes in the past, but we can be forgiven as soon as we prove we’ve learned and are now capable of better decisions.
Who we are is a result of our decisions, and therefore completely changeable at all times. Who we are is completely within our control. If we want to be good people and take the steps to make that so, it will happen. We must not lose hope in ourselves.
Let’s choose to actively work towards helping humanity become the best team it can be, by being the best invidviduals we can be. For those who are, thank you. We are proud to stand alongside you. 🙂