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Everybody’s Stupid, CLXV

How well do you detect sarcasm and irony? Sarcasm is using irony to mock someone or something, typically in an amusing or humorous fashion. My last post was sarcastic as fuck, and I bet very few people noticed. The typos, the improper grammar, and the subject matter surrounding seriousness and everyone being imperfect, judgmental, and hypocritical all played into my appreciation of humanity’s capricious nature. As if people didn’t beat themselves up enough before the internet made socialization instantaneous and ever-present, with all eyes on everybody, it seems like all people do self-deprecate and covet the impossible. The most dominant consequence of necessitating affirmation is lacking distinction. The more you desire to be accepted, the more of a people-pleaser you’ll become, and the less distinctive your identity will be. And this acolyte, or act alike, culture is most observable on social media. I don’t need to expound on that, right? Do you think social media will ever get old? Part of me feels like human evolution will come about by way of segregation and isolation. I believe that people will eventually get tired of each other altogether, and everyone will realize how much more peaceful life is without the encumbrance of normality. Again, the necessity of being accepted is parallel to the desire to be perceived as normal. And normality ain’t nothing but tradition, convention, and religion. I don’t know about y’all, but all I want to do is be me. Whomever I decide to be, at whatever point in time, I don’t want anyone to think there’s anything they can do to control, counter, or constrain me. How well do you know yourself? People often say that you never know what you’ll do in any given situation until you have the experiences and are forced to react in real time. But that’s why proactivity is so important. If you have the insight to understand things well enough to verify what could happen, that will give you the foresight to work to prevent the worst while subsequently being prepared for it. With that being said, in some instances, being caught off guard is comparable to willfully putting yourself in a compromising position. For instance, salacious women who dress provocatively are usually seeking attention, which can be viewed as an act of people-pleasing because said women are aware that said attention is prompted by an attraction that pleases one’s interests or preferences. Ladies, you can’t control whose attention you grab. Whether you’re attracted to the men who approach you or not, you should know that you’re going to be approached. So, if you go out in public sporting revealing attire amongst the horny creeps and freaks that you know are out there, you should be prepared for harassment and potential assault. That makes sense, right? If that doesn’t make sense to you, I regret to inform you that you’re not very proactive, and you’re eventually going to regret it. From my perspective, not only is common sense uncommon, but common folks can’t sense it. In other words, either people are stupid by default or stupid by convention and tradition. When was the last time you knew something bad was going to happen but you took an action against your own intuition and got instant karma? Certainly, you know that going against your instincts and suffering the consequences is karma, right? Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. Circumventing bad karma and being proactive are in close association. Unfortunately for the most immature of you, being proactive means growing the fuck up and doing what’s best for you instead of what’s the most fun or exciting. For the record, being mature doesn’t mean you have to be bored or that your life must lack thrill and adventure. Maturity is simply responsibility. No, every decision you make doesn’t have to make perfect sense, because that’s nearly impossible. However, if you make having good sense common for you, I assure you that good karma will also become common.

So, a few months ago, I was watching Sherri Sheppard’s talk show on YouTube, and she had Tamala Jones on. Tamala is best known for her roles in nigga-movies like Booty Call, Next Friday, and The Wood. Also, Tamala’s sister is Tracey Cherelle Jones—who played Dashiki in “Don’t Be a Menace” and Yvette’s friend in “Baby Boy”—and they’re both fine. While conversing with Sherri, Tamala revealed that she’s very nerdy and introverted, which are relatable characteristics for me. So, while I’m on the topic of commonality, I wonder if people recognize how common introversion is. Think about it, there’s over eight billion people in the world, and how often do we see those motherfuckers? In my opinion, the reason people’s mental health was generally better before social media is because people were more comfortable being themselves. When you go on social media and see a bunch of nobodies out on vacation, eating expensive meals, driving fancy cars, and seemingly living extravagant lifestyles, then you go on the same platforms and witness people being bullied, ridiculed, humiliated for having a modest way of living, if you’re insecure, it’s bound to make you question what life is all about. So, naturally, people on social media, especially those who want to be accepted, fake and front to seem normal—even though they know how phony those ostensibly perfect lifestyles are. Again, this is common sense, which proves that people commonly go against their instincts just to fit in. But do you know who doesn’t give a fuck about fitting in? It’s Kendrick Lamar, who recently dropped the music video for his now classic diss record, “Not Like Us”. Honestly, I watched the video once, and it wasn’t what I initially expected, so I haven’t watched it again. Additionally, after listening to “Not Like Us” what I would consider too many times, I’m sort of over it. Nonetheless, K, Dot’s intelligence is made apparent by the positivity and good-spirited nature displayed in the images of the disparaging Drake diss. Because we all know that California knows how to party, and ain’t nothing like a gangsta party! I still think California is dangerous for Drake and his entourage, especially considering that Drake’s opp, rapper Rick Ross, was recently physically assaulted by a group of men in Canada. What’s more, I saw a few videos as I was scrolling on YouTube with titles that suggest Drake is depressed and looks defeated following his devastating loss to Kendrick in the Big 3 beef. Obviously, with common sense being uncommon and all, many rap fans have blown this beef completely out of proportion. And I don’t want to jinx it, but I think more bullshit is inevitable. J. Cole still has a highly anticipated upcoming album, Kendrick may have a project on the way, Drake will always be the king of his era, and hip hop is competitive by design. Also, if Mr. Lamar has anymore West Coast-themed music on the way, that’s just going to turn those Cali boys up even more. In theory, if J. Cole ends up sending shots at K. Dot, and if “The Fall Off” isn’t a flawless album, Cole might get his Cali pass revoked, too. From the beginning of this beef, I expected Drake to arise victorious, but I knew how dangerous those California gang bangers are. When people go through shit repeatedly, and when they lack healthiness and helpfulness, they seek escapes. In the hood, hip hop is an escape, and Kendrick Lamar is for the homies. Again, Dot doesn’t gang bang, he isn’t openly affiliated with a particular neighborhood, he’s positive and motivational, and gangsters are felonious but principled. In California, Kendrick Lamar represents every hood nigga’s good side—a side that they can only show in support of something positive. So, California is going to protect Kendrick Lamar and his legacy at all costs! If you’re reading this, and you’re “outside,” you best be proactive. Peace.

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