Current Events,  Just a Thought

Stopping the Madness


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday has gone well. ?


I’m currently typing this on my new MacBook Pro and I am loving it. I’m still getting used to OS X after spending a good portion of my life working with Windows. But I’m not a complete stranger when it comes to Macs because my school has quite a few on campus for students.


Anyway, about a month ago, I heard about the stabbing that took place at The Ohio State University and tweeted this:

I used the phrase “stop the madness” because I had read it in many fictional books where there was discussion on real world issues and it was also a common phrase in songs that I’ve listened to.


Anyway, not long after tweeting, I get this reply:


I was surprised. I knew it was sarcasm but I wasn’t really sure how to go about that response. The rest of the conversation follows below:


I didn’t really get offended by this, mainly because this stranger had a point. But as a 3rd year IT student, what type of thing could I possibly do to keep the stabbings and shootings from happening in schools? ?


But then I thought about it a little more and I realized that the best I can do is be kind and friendly and accepting to everyone I come across. So that any terrorist or anyone who might do something malicious can second guess their actions. I know I can’t change people. I learned that a long time ago.  But maybe I can have some sort of impact on them.


It doesn’t feel like enough sometimes but then I remember that I don’t have the weight of the world on my shoulders.


Anyway, keep an eye out this week for some end of the year reflections. Happy Holidays!




  • Kya

    Merry Christmas! 😀 I hope you have a lot of fun with the Mac. I have been on a Mac for years and I love them. 😀

    You can get some random and sometimes mean or sarcastic responses sometimes, especially when there has been some tragedy. It’s best to try and not take it to heart, because they only want a response and like targeting people. 🙁

  • Georgie

    We’re all entitled to our opinions. I’ve seen way too many sincere tweets like yours – even posted by famous people or people with some kind of influence – and they have many likes/retweets or people in agreement, but there will always, always be some person responding in the negative. Even for trivial things like the Star Wars movies. I read a tweet this morning that said that Princess Leia had gone through so much and was so much stronger than Luke, and while so many people agreed, I saw responses from people who were just hating/disagreeing for the sake of doing so.

    You’re right, that sometimes the best thing to do is to be nice to people and that’s you doing your part. Don’t feel like you’re hopeless because you can’t help in a big way. It definitely pays to be a good person 🙂

  • Pauline

    Hope you had a lovely holiday Cassidy! 🙂

    Ooo, a shiny new MacBook! I moved from my old, sluggish Windows laptop 2 years ago and haven’t looked back. MacBooks are amazing quality and 2 years on still as fast as lightning! ^_^

    I would have tweeted the same thing. You’re completely right, there isn’t an action you can really do to stop the stabbing so I don’t know, his point was sort of silly. But don’t let strangers get to you, sometimes some people have too much time on their hands and too much negative emotions and start tweeting like that.

    Definitely being accepting of everyone helps the world overall, if only everyone did that? Can you imagine how much more at peace we would all be? 🙂

  • Michelle

    Still, some people don’t have to be mean like that. Being sarcastic isn’t usually very nice…but regardless, glad you kept yourself up. The person that replied to you fails to realize that not everyone can do something…Merry Belated Christmas!

  • Rezina

    Oooh a new computer! The new Macbook Pros are nice. My sister got the lighter version and she looves it.
    I also wouldn’t let strangers get to you. I think it was unnecessary for him to tweet you such a sarcastic response. How does he know you haven’t done anything? Or taken any action? You may not have, but I think that’s still a pretty big assumption to make based on one tweet. But I think what you said is very true! In that we should try to be kind and accepting to all kinds of people 🙂