These are the things I can do without

 
Shout, Shout. Let it all out. These are the things I can do without:
 
People who appear to be talking to me when they are actually conversing with someone else on their hands-free cell phone.
 
Paying for telemarketers to annoy me on my cell phone.
 
People who kick the back of my chair at the movie theatre.
 
People who break the darkness of a movie with the light of a cell phone as they text their friend.
 
People who respond to me with “I’m sorry; I’ll just cut his legs off,” when I politely request a parent to have their child refrain from using the back of my seat at the movie theatre for kicking practice.
 
People who pull up next to my car blaring “music” that makes my windows rattle while thinking, “This guy thinks I’m cool.”
 
People who use volume rather than reason for persuasion
 
People who think money and power make them better than others.
 
People who perpetuate stereotypes     
 
Inconsiderateness
 
Now, shout out what you can do without.
rainforestrobin
http://nakedineden.com/nakedinedenblog/
I can do without people who judge homeless people without ever knowing them or hearing their story. As if homeless people are some subspecies.
I can do without people who see refugees as lower class people.
I can do without constant cell phones ringing and 30 people shouting into their ear pieces in a restaurant while I try to eat a quiet meal with my sweetheart.
I can so do without people telling me or someone else that when something painful or traumatic happens it’s due to bad karma — that it’s happening due to something “bad” I did in a past life and now I’m having to pay for it! Where is the compassion?
I can do without someone assuming things about me or my life without ever even asking me or finding who I am.
I can do without people who judge others by the color of their skin, whether they have a college education, by how much money they have, what kind of car they drive, how big their house is, how they dress, etc.
I can do without constant noise.
Thank you for such a powerful post.      
                  
Daisy
http://www.smilingwithdaisy.blogspot.com |
I work at a library. One thing I can do without is people who come in and want to check out books but don’t bring their library card with them. When I tell them they have to have their card in order to check out books, they act like that is the biggest surprise in the world. Would you go to the grocery store and expect to buy groceries without bringing some means of paying for them? A library card is a form of legal contract that allows people to borrow some very expensive materials for free. Is it too much to ask to bring the card with you when you want to use it? Well, I feel better now!  Thanks, Rob!

 

Theresa 
http://skdd.wordpress.com
I can do without the graphic and bloody scenes in the movies. Leave something to the imagination.
I can do without all the bureaucratic nonsense and delays in coast to coast health care.
I can do without the excuses that any American US citizen needs to be hungry or homeless.
I can do without all the unhealthy ingredients and chemicals in our food or beverages.
I can do without bank fees and high interest rates on loans, especially for homes or vehicles.
I can do without the wealthy corporations taking us for the financial ride of our lives.
I can do without hate, greed and jealousy.

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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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7 Responses to These are the things I can do without

  1. Daisy says:

    I work at a library. One thing I can do without is people who come in and want to check out books but don’t bring their library card with them. When I tell them they have to have their card in order to check out books, they act like that is the biggest surprise in the world. Would you go to the grocery store and expect to buy groceries without bringing some means of paying for them? A library card is a form of legal contract that allows people to borrow some very expensive materials for free. Is it too much to ask to bring the card with you when you want to use it? Well, I feel better now! 😀 Thanks, Rob!

  2. rainforestrobin says:

    Wow, Rob, this is sooooo powerful!! I really relate to this. I couldn’t believe the things you wrote beneath the video. This may seem weird but it all moved me to tears. I could have written the same things you did. Not only is the song a powerful message but so are your words! I am very moved by the whole thing.

    And it sometimes scares me when I wonder where we are headed. I don’t mean to be negative as I am a very positive person, a total optimist. But it seems the world is moving so fast and the changes that are accepted as normal is often alarming for me. It makes me wonder if anyone is aware of it. Obviously you are, which doesn’t surprise me at all. So at the same time this is very very heartening, as I know there are other who feel the same. And I applaud you for posting it. Potent, “wake-up” message!

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    I can do without people who judge homeless people without ever knowing them or hearing their story. As if homeless people are some subspecies.

    I can do without people who see refugees as lower class people.

    I can do without constant cell phones ringing and 30 people shouting into their ear pieces in a restaurant while I try to eat a quiet meal with my sweetheart.

    I can so do without people telling me or someone else that when something painful or traumatic happens it’s due to bad karma — that it’s happening due to something “bad” I did in a past life and now I’m having to pay for it! Where is the compassion?

    I can do without someone assuming things about me or my life without ever even asking me or finding who I am.

    I can do without people who judge others by the color of their skin, whether they have a college education, by how much money they have, what kind of car they drive, how big their house is, how they dress, etc.

    I can do without constant noise.

    Thank you for such a powerful post!

  3. JD says:

    i can do without bears. dont’ know why. irrational fear of being mauled i guess ….

  4. Theresa111 says:

    I can do without the graphic and bloody scenes in the movies. Leave something to the imagination.

    I can do without all the bureaucratic nonsense and delays in coast to coast health care.

    I can do without the excuses that any American US citizen needs to be hungry or homeless.

    I can do without all the unhealthy ingredients and chemicals in our food or beverages.

    I can do without bank fees and high interest rates on loans, especially for homes or vehicles.

    I can do without the wealthy corporations taking us for the financial ride of our lives.

    I can do without hate, greed and jealousy.

  5. Christine says:

    I can do without large, hairy men who think they’re attractive.
    I can do without grouchy cashiers at Wal-Mart who act like it’s my fault that a price isn’t ringing up.
    And finally, I can do without teachers who talk to me as though my children are mentally challenged.

  6. mike says:

    I have over 400 things that bother me on my blog ha. Im just warming up Rob!

  7. Marie says:

    I can do without cartoons that should not be watched by my 7 year old. Some of the content is amazingly sick, or too over her head, and stuff I just don’t need to know that SHE thinks she knows what it’s all about.. (are you following me?!)

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