My mentor once told me that reputation always catches up with us, either to pat us on the back or kick us in the ass.
This is a helpful and hopeful mantra to invoke as we watch various sociopaths, assholes and idiots taking advantage of others, treating people cruelly and thinking they will somehow get away with it.
They won’t. Not like they used to.
That’s the advantage of living in a world where privacy is a quant relic of the past and anonymity is no longer an option. Karma is on its way around, all by its own self, and it doesn’t need our help to root out the source of evil.
Whatever inward wickedness exists inside of people, it will come out, in some way, and at some time. And life will pay them back. With interest.
We may not be around long enough to see that karma run its proper course, and we accept there is no universal cosmic system to balance the scales of justice. But we trust the process and play the emotional long game anyway. Because it’s the right way to live. It’s the brave thing to do.
Wearing a nametag all day, every day, is my small, but loving expression of this philosophy. It is my personal commitment that keeps me accountable to myself and to the world.
Sure, the nametag willingly eliminates much of my anonymity and privacy, for better or for worse. But mostly for better. Because it’s not the nametag, it’s the heart behind it.
And my heart is good. It’s not perfect, it’s not polished, and it’s certainly not politically correct, but it’s good. And people who meet me are going to feel that, whether they like it or not.
In a world where sociopaths are romanticized and idolized and in many cases, elected into office, that is a meaningful act.
Jeffries made a point in his recent comedy special that summaries this perfectly:
Love doesn’t always beat hate. But it does do something. When you show the person who hates you nothing but love, that person will still hate you, but eventually, everyone will see them as the asshole.
Our love will wear them down eventually.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
How much is it costing you to be an anonymous pixel in the gigantic corporate demonic pentagram?
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That Guy with the Nametag
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