When I say 'getting on' I mean just getting things done without any fuss or carry on as much as I possibly can. I am not focusing on problems or inadequacies, and I am overlooking as much as I can in the name of 'getting on'. Now I know that may not sound like such a big deal, I mean I am hardly going to find myself being martyred for just 'getting on' with things am I? But I have recently become keenly aware of what I am saying and doing and I am resisting any urge to be petty, whiny or pathetic. This has all come about after I recently read an article about how pettiness has become a modern epidemic and a huge problem worldwide.
Pettiness! An epidemic! Yes, apparently it is true; and psychiatrists and psychologists all over the world are overrun with people that are either suffering from pettiness or that have fallen victim to the pettiness of others.
Apparently, people are blowing shit out of proportion more than they ever have before in history, and it has made people unable to self manage their emotions or deal with their problems without projecting them onto others. Basically, making mountains out of molehills and taking the mundane to epic proportions all in the name of one's own agenda has become so commonplace that people are turning on each other and are showing lowered levels of loyalty and tolerance to each other than ever before. How very, very sad indeed.
And the worst part is that some people are actually seeing this petty behaviour as hilarious or amusing, people actually believe that it is funny to be rude, cold and even calculating about the way in which they express themselves or their discontent. And when confronted about the way that they have made their victims feel, these people show little to no remorse for their behaviour either, they actually feel justified in their pettiness. These issues are being raised in therapy sessions more and more around the world and the cruelties of people and their petty, selfish, behaviours are apparently on the increase.
It is (in some really troubled people's minds) seen as funny to give short, rude and curt responses to others and to even start arguments where there weren't any before. Pointing out people's shortcomings or problems is now the main of the day, and people are willing to stop at nothing to destroy other people, no matter how immature or petty it may be. What-the-fuck? What is wrong with the world? When did revenge become the 'go to' plan? What are we doing to each other?
Anyway, I am most certainly not willing to join the ranks of the petty haters, and I am making a concerted effort to 'get on' with my own business, not meddle with the affairs of others and not look for problems where there are none. There are real problems out there in the world, finding more of them is really not helping us at all is it?
Do yourself a favour, drop the pettiness, be bigger, be better, be happy and be kind; it's actually harder to do than people think; but it feels so good to just let shit go.
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 100 mins
A British drama, directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, that outlines the struggles faced by people that are denied employment and support allowances by the government. I, Daniel Blake received both praise and criticism from politicians for what they claimed was an unfair portrayal of the staff working at Jobcentre. However, in spite of that, the film was received extremely well by both the public and the critics, and went onto win the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Widower Daniel Blake suffers a heart attack on the job and is declared unfit for work by his cardiologist. After a routine work capability assessment by Jobcentre, he is deemed fit for work and is denied a support allowance. Daniel demands an appeal of his case, and as a consequence must live without support. He befriends a single mother that is also having a tough time and they bond through their mutual hardships.
This movie is so confronting, so harrowing and yet also, so very hopeful in many ways. The character of Daniel, played by Dave Johns, is just magnificent and really speaks with the voice of the downtrodden and disrespected. Hayley Squires is a powerhouse as single mother Katie, embodying all of the desperation and determination of her situation with a believeablitiy and likability that just shines.
This is a movie for the people and about the people; and it's an eye opening look at a system with many, many flaws.
FINAL SAY: I'm just really hungry.
3.5 Chilli Peppers