Oversung Heroes & the Needless.

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Oversung Heroes:  Out of Chord.

In breaking news, a man did something nice for a disabled person.

The story took place yesterday at a local cafe where a twenty four year old male named Joe Doe opened a door for a woman in a wheelchair.

“I went in first and saw her and thought it would be the right thing to do.  I wasn’t at all influenced by the fact that she was in a wheelchair in fact I actually didn’t notice until a person filmed the incident and I saw it on Facebook today.”  Mr Doe commented.

It appears many have been swooping in on this new craze of helping others.

An earlier incident this month, at a fast food chain,  saw good Samaritan Billy Smith captured on IPhone carrying an amputee’s tray to a table.

“To be honest he was holding up the line and I just wanted my chips.  But after becoming a social media hero, I now seek opportunities to help others…

But only if they fit a certain criteria and only if I have my crew nearby.  There’s not much point if no one sees.. It’s like a tree in a forest, if you know what I mean?”

Mr Smith said his parents did teach him manners but it never occurred to him that personal fulfilment would be enough.

“I find it more rewarding to receive shares and likes than just a thank you and have found it to become a new source of income or at least freebies which is totes awesome.

I get filmed, I usually end up with a free meal because I’ve been so generous helping the disabled or those less physically or mentally as fortunate as myself and the business itself  gets shared on social media.

So it’s a win, win, win situation really. Except I suppose for those I’m helping.  I mean it must be crap living like that.  You know, being different and all.”

When asked if he targets any specific type of person to help he commented. “The oldies are out.  Gone are the days of helping an old lady across the road.   Unless you throw a twenty to one of them that have been fleeced by some overseas online fake lover.

The disabled and those with mental illness or other medical conditions are the new black.  In fact I helped a colored person feel part of Australia the other day despite not understanding a word he said.

You know, with all these unwanted refugees, boat people and stuff I thought I’d try and turn it around a little.

Change people’s perceptions on these aliens.   Turns out he was Koori or something.  I have no idea where the country Koori is but I bet he’s glad we let him into Australia.”

Psychologists are hailing this behavior as groundbreaking.  Displaying manners or acts of kindness  on social media has bought about a bizarre social change.

Ms Preston of the Psycho Oz SM explains  “Where it was once normal behavior to assist those in need,  or being just freaking nice regardless of any disability, age, color, sex;   many are getting sucked into sharing feel good stories which portray those with a disability as hapless souls when in fact they are actually human beings with functioning, fulfilled lives that have survived without these social media junkies that believe they are making society better.

You will notice a common trend.  Most of those being helped remain nameless.  They become merely a tool for the person assisting them  to create crap content for their Facebook feed.”

Social media ethics of Austaliaoz have called for an end to this type of sharing.  It’s not just photos of these incidents but the long stories that go with it.  They usually begin with…

I was driving/walking/shopping when I saw a disabled/gay/colored/mentally ill person.  Now this story isn’t about me ….(Yeah right) but I wanted to share with you what I learned about this  disabled/gay/colored/mentally ill person… Blah blah blah … then it usually goes on to a finale of what they did for this person out of the goodness of their heart.
If you have witnessed such an post please ignore.

Ask yourself:

  • Why is the person being assisted nameless?”
  • Why do we need to share stories of niceness instead of just being nice and showing common courtesy?
  • Why are you spending so much time reading them instead of reading a book to your child or helping your partner do the dinner dishes?
  • Why are you reading this that I just made up?  (Oh because you are so nice.. Thanks a bunch xo)

Peace and OmmmmG can everyone just be freaking nice?  OK!!

Please note.  I do believe that people believe they are doing good sharing these stories but if we think about it, niceness and decency should not be a news story but a way of life.

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  • Ronnie Peace
    October 21, 2015

    I like to do my bit by being helped by do-gooders looking to make themselves feel good by helping others. They’re so needy and I’m so lazy, so it’s a win-win

    • Tamzen Temple
      October 21, 2015

      I like being helped also.. But no one offers. Except for people who offer to do something with my bad hair or tell me that green and orange don’t go together. Seriously!!

  • Cheryl @blissandmayhem
    October 22, 2015

    What a clever piece of writing there. Love your style and so cleverly written. perspective! oxoxox

    • Tamzen Temple
      October 22, 2015

      Thank you, you lovely person. Xxoo your words are always pure bliss to my ears..

  • Gael - The Vinyl Edition
    October 22, 2015

    OMG, a thousand times YES to this. I have been itching to write a blog post about this very thing but since I haven’t posted for 4 months I didn’t. Ha ha.
    No matter what good intentions people have in helping someone out, it is a sign of narcissism, I think, to make it all about you instead of just doing the deed and leaving it at that.

    • Tamzen Temple
      October 22, 2015

      Thanks Gael. I think to sometimes the person helping isn’t thinking it’s a big deal but ends up being exploited by someone taking footage. The little things are disappearing as some people feel there should be a purpose to helping other than the instinct that was once just there. BTW I miss you. Why won’t you post again already!! xx

  • Sarah Cox
    October 25, 2015

    What a great piece, beautifully written and a perfectly made point. Just be nice, don’t glorify it for your own kudos – simple. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Bec
    November 2, 2015

    And then there are those really weird people, you know, the one who help others – even when no one is looking!!! What’s more, they don’t even post it to Facebook.
    Crazy ain’t it

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