Hey – I’m all for moving forward as much as the next person. I wholeheartedly agree with our go-to-for-all-the-answers man, Mr. Einstein, who observed the importance of continuing to ride that bike with momentum so as to not fall off. I get it.
Here’s what I don’t get. More and more, it seems to me that “moving forward” is just a nicer way of saying “get over it” or even “buzz off” As in: Oh, I just stole your idea and presented it as my own. Just look past it and go forward. Or: I just made up a story about you committing a felony crime and embellished my story with made-up police coming to your house and then proceeded to tell a bunch of people to wreck your reputation and discredit you because I accidentally told you too much about myself. Get over it, buzz off, move forward and stop whining while you’re at it.
I think this new “buzz off” “move forward” “stop whining about it” attitude has something to do with living in a society where practically everything is either disposable or replaceable, including people it seems.
Here’s the part that really gets me – Madam or Sir MoveForward person more often than not will accuse the one they’ve wounded of not being healthy enough to sweep the event cleanly under a rug and just forget about it. Forever. Get over it, buzz off, move forward.
After all, isn’t that the whole point of this skewed Moving Forward behavior? Let’s not deal with it and let’s ignore everything and pretend it didn’t happen so that no apology is necessary and everyone can then maintain both personal importance and internal equilibrium. Heaven forbid we mess with someone’s self esteem and want (gasp) an apology.
Maybe it’s because relationships have seemed to take a back seat and so-called social media is now the driver. I think it should be called personal media. We can hide behind it; we don’t have to respond to an emoticon of an unhappy face with a cyber tear rolling down its’ ubiquitous little round face. I think there is a real risk of eventually becoming little caricatures of conscienceless people without feelings. It’s almost as though we have been given the green-light to move onto the next emoticon if there is even the slightest bit of discomfort attached to the last one. I think we are creating a society of monster-bullies.
Get over it, buzz off, move forward and stop whining while you’re at it.
Matthew 7:12 Do unto others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.