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October 23, 2013

ROOT: Be true to yourself

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — See, someone who identifies with an independent label album cover and quotes an obscure movie is not a loner. That person just digs a little deeper to find someone else’s ideas to use as their own set of identifying images. The fact that you know about independent label music and watch obscure movies does not allow you to look down on anyone.

All the cool kids in school think that they are allowed to bring others down, because only the cool kids listen to that band or can quote every line from that movie. But they are just members of a group following a collective idea. There is nothing liberating about that. You are still caught up in being part of a group.bn

I guess my point is that when you look at a group of people and call them sheeple, because they took the time to read a particular new law and actually understand it — while your only understanding of that law is what you read on Facebook or what some guy told you — then you are the one who is on the outside looking in.

I am finding that people who use the term “sheeple” are the ones who prefer to deal in rumors rather than facts. They find a condensed version of the information they seek, which is completely lacking in substance, and base their opinion on that. If you disagree, then you are just one of the mindless drones doing what you are told.

Let me give you another good example of what I am talking about. A recent post on Facebook had a link to an article about former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Marty Biron, and the caption said that we could use Biron right now. Instantly, a torrent of negative comments about the play of the Sabres, and the fact that Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth are doing just fine, rained down on the page. The article was about how we could use Biron in the broadcast booth, but it took dozens of comments before anyone suggested that people actually read the article before commenting.

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