Last week something interesting happened on Twitter; Jon Germain. He was actually trending you know, but not for the right reasons. Here’s the story; some guy put up a tweet saying that in his opinion the worst female entertainers in Ghana were
I literally split open laughing. I mean I interspersed the laughter with “Oo, this guy not try” and “Eii, people can tease o” But that was just to appease my conscience for being so merciless. Jon got notified about this mention and did something that launched him to number one on twitter trends; he replied in rage.
He dissed the guy, called his father a monkey then threatened him. His final words were (imagine me saying in deep baritone, slow motion, action film style) Aiiiiii wwwiiiillll fffiiiinnnddd yyyoouuuu!! And that, my friend, birthed the #JonGermainCanFind trending hashtag. With it, Ghana went wild with tweets like #JonGermainCanFind Olele’s real age, forget Google, Ask, Bing and Yahoo, #JonGermainCanFind quicker, faster better. I confess, even I joined in with Maybe #JonGermainCanFind where the cedi is going so quickly? and my favorite was #JonGermainCanFind who killed Nancy. From everywhere and at an alarming rate Jon Germain was ‘finding’ all the stupidity, rubbish and insulting things no one else could. In fact it’s precisely because of that I can’t give more examples, lest I defile the sanctity of your senses and the dear memory of Castro.
It was horrible, and I cringed half as much as I laughed. In the end, someone said to him how there were more #JonGermainCanFind tweets out there than the total number of records he’d sold. And that’s when it struck me; the tongue has the power of life and death in it, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit. Once words exit our mouths, they’re gone. You cant Shift+Ctrl+Delete, you cant empty trash, but it’s still irreversible. That’s why the person who thinks twice and says nothing is wise and that’s why I love this other quote “It’s better to keep silent and be confused for a fool than to talk and remove all doubt.”
I’m not taking sides, but if you don’t pause to consider the ripple effects of your words and it backfires, then you had it coming. Whenever words come to you in your rage, hurt or disappointment, draft them and refer to them the following morning to check if you still feel it necessary to send. That’s what I do (not as often as I’d like), but it helps. I’ve been saved from many embarrassing encounters only by holding on to all the grammar in my head. It’s fun and dignity-saving, you should try it this week, with all the people who annoy you like it was in their job description. Because in the end, what does it profit a man to speak his mind and lose all respect?
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