“GO AWAY” it reads. the sign on this front door is bracing. not just a polite “no soliciting” or even a rougher “no trespassing”, “GO AWAY” is kind of frightening. i don’t really like aggressive people…the kind of people who choose attack-mode first, before anything else. the kind of people who act like they are “communicating”, but are, indeed, just stoking the fire with toxic non-communicative venom. yikes. GO AWAY.
reading the news app on our phones each morning makes us think the words “GO AWAY” every day. certain folks, bullying and disrespectful, on all sides of the aisle, rungs of the ladder and regardless of their political leanings, need to tame their thinking and rhetoric. it’s bracing. yikes. GO AWAY.
the person revving their engine in the car behind you. they weave back and forth from one side of the lane to the other, flashing lights, putting their car into neutral, revving once again…all while you search for a place to safely pull over so that they might pass, despite the passing-zone you are driving in. their angry behavior is bracing. yikes. GO AWAY.
the problem with all of this is that making someone GO AWAY doesn’t really make them go away. it just nullifies the problem for a moment or two. it doesn’t render them less aggressive; it doesn’t enlighten them. it just makes you THINK they are gone. unless you hold the whole world in a restraining-order-pose, you will have to deal with aggressive people and their aggression. there must be a common place we can all share.
maybe we don’t really need signs that say “GO AWAY”. maybe we need signs that say “COME IN. LET’S TALK.”