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Everyone Is a Jerk - Popreel

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(NOTE: This part is very metaphoric. Do not take it seriously. If you dislike reading, skip to "Situation".)

Take a minute to look at yourself. What do you see? A helpless victim subject to the cruelty of society. Everyone picks on you, everyone avoids you, and everyone hates you. This is the pitiful reality you endure everyday. It defines you, and you are its bound captive. The prospect of your importance is nothing.

Now let me ask you something. If you are truly the worthless specter that the world makes you out to be, then why would someone even take the time to write about you? Time is a priceless treasure that is endlessly fleeing from its users. It's not worth wasting on the trifling likes of you. But I sit here and do so anyway. Why?

The truth is, I never intended to write this for you. I hoped it to be for one who is long in the past. It is he that showed me you wretched scum, although you and he are no different. You are both valueless slaves belonging to the concept of "expelled". Yet I write to him anyway. Why? You see, this long lost figure is myself. He was a pointless creature who only existed to die, just as you are. But fate is the most fickle thing, and it twisted in an unexpected way. Yes, my old self died, but his death was not fruitless. In fact, it is the contrary. It is because he died that I was born. We are the same organism yet opposite people.

It is time that you die as well. It is your turn to reach enlightenment. You must slay yourself, and in doing so will free yourself. You must make the decision to abandon your ignorance and take pursuit of knowledge.


(NOTE: Okay, the metaphorical part is over.)

If you are reading this, it is likely that you feel that everyone is a jerk. I know because I used to feel the same way. However, you are wrong. Believe it or not, in most cases you are the one being a jerk. It usually boils down to maturity, so if you are younger than fourteen it is highly probable that you are indeed the jerk. Although "jerk" is not the right word, because it's not like you are intentionally being a pain. It would be more appropriate to say "senseless". Because the fact is, you really are quite rude, although you simply don't know it.

Right now you probably feel defensive and want to leave a nasty comment, but for your own sake I encourage you to read the rest of this before doing so. Besides, I made it clear that you are not purposely inconsiderate, so this is constructive criticism, not a personal attack.

A Closer Look

Okay, so you are no longer a "valueless slave belonging to the concept of 'expelled'", but rather a senselessly inconsiderate fool. Not a big improvement at all. Before you can take any steps in getting better, you must first identify how you are being rude. Luckily for you, most "everyone is jerk" people have basically the same flaws, so exposing them will be easy.

  1. You do not respect authority and guidelines! Most maturing minds find excitement in testing the limits. Some find it amusing to rebel against authority. Because these actions are done subconsciously, you feel indignant when punished.
  2. You are annoying! You probably tend to nag people, spam the chat, or say nonsensical things just for reactions. People hate this more than anything.
  3. You are attention thirsty! You often are desperate for friends or attention. People hate it when someone eagerly hangs on them 24/7.
  4. You are power hungry! Everywhere there is a ranking or point system, there are power hungry people. Even I want diamonds on all my submissions so I can level up.
  5. You are overly sensitive! You are most likely easily offended. People on the internet are generally not attacking you. It is likely that they are in good humor.


I'm pretty helpful telling you what a horrible person you are and rubbing it in your face, right? Well, I've had enough of that now. It's time to tell you how you can improve.

  1. Love authority and guidelines! Rather than thinking of what a pain it is to follow so many rules, take an enthusiastic approach to the situation. Think of following the rules as a challenge. Make it your goal to be the best you can. Don't be the rule breaker, be the flag raiser instead. People are generally more happy when they follow the rules. Don't get angry when you are punished. Respect the moderator's decision and make an effort to improve. Moderators usually know what's best, so it is rare that they make a mistake or are unjust. Remember, the moderators exist to make this a better place. It is their primary concern to make sure that everyone has a good time. If you feel they are unjust, make sure to do the following before raising an appeal:

    1. Always wait until you are calm, then think it over.
    2. Ask a friend or your parents if you are overreacting.

  2. Practice moderation! Always think over your messages before sending them. Make sure you are not repeating anything previously said. Do not stretch out one message over many, instead try to pack it all into a single message. Try not to interrupt other peoples' conversations. Never over-ping. People lose their minds when someone keeps pinging them. Don't say things off-topic or absurd. It is awkward and irritating when someone jumps into the chat and screams "I'm a flying sack of potatoes!" Random is not funny and stupid is not unique.
  3. Take it slowly! If you alone in the chat and someone joins, do not jump on them. I know you've been sitting there for hours buffering all your thoughts, but no one wants to join the chat just so you can flush on them. See if they are hanging around before striking up a conversation. Slowly stream your thoughts so you don't overload the other person. They probably just finished typing their dissertation and are not as eager to talk as you are. Never rush to the conclusion that you just made a friend. If someone is kind to you, that does not automatically make them your buddy. When you do make a friend, like I said before, do not jump on them. If they need to leave, do not pressure them into staying. Simply say "Talk to you later!" and let them go on their merry way.
  4. Everyone is equal! Never think less of someone just because you are higher level than they are. Never try to prevent a user from leveling up or gaining followers. If you want to be popular, produce content that people like; do not tear down others. Another thing you want to is maintain diversity. If you are advertising your submissions, do not keep showing off the same thing. Advertise your other content so people do not get sick of seeing the same old thing.
  5. Take it lightly! If someone offends you, it is likely that you are overreacting. As I said earlier, most people are engaging in friendly teasing or joking. If something seems rude or mean, try to interpret it as a joke. Sometimes people are just tired or have had a bad day. They will be friendly in the morning. Usually when people are trying to be mean they make it quite obvious. If someone is actually being a jerk, simply block them or tell a moderator. Also, don't go complaining about an inconvenience. You are only allowed to rant to your closest friends, and even that should be uncommon. You never want to make a big deal out of a simple insult.
Practicing these little disciplines will make you much more pleasant company. You find it easier to get along with people, and your self esteem/acceptance will rise.

Everyone still hates me

If you have tried everything I suggested and you still feel that everyone is a jerk, there a chance that you either have a different problem or people are actually being jerks. You should always ask your parents for their opinion. They exist solely to protect and raise you, so it is their job to know what's best for you. If your parents say everything is fine, but you still feel mistreated, it is time to see a therapist. These people are professionally trained in psychology and can identify the problem. It doesn't matter if you are actually a victim. It doesn't matter if you have a different problem. They know the human mind and will find a solution. All you have to do is tell your parents that you want to see a counselor.

If your parents will not let you see therapist, there is also a chance that they are bad parents. I hate to say it, but bad parents actually exist. It is a sad truth that plagues the earth. That being said, I doubt your parents are actually bad. Their motivation is probably money, as counseling is not free. The best solution would be to talk to your school. Find a teacher or staff member that you trust and ask him if he can get you help. You can also ask your primary care provider (the doctor you visit most often), they are usually trained to deal with all issues their patients might be having.

If all else fails, you can always send me a private message. I will not hesitate to help someone in need.

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  • Fireflye
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • March 15, 2018, 7:44 pm
So this is true for some people, but not for me. I am bullied constantly and everyone legit is a jerk in my class. I have lots of friends and that good jazz but really. Everyone is a jerk. Also in the ο»Ώ"A closer lookο»Ώο»Ώ" section you said some p r e t t y ofensive stuff. good job forcing ideals on someone though. You got alot of attention.
  • cons-car-cdr
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • March 12, 2018, 11:49 am
In my experience, making values-judgements only aggravates the feelings of anyone who does feel indignant. The predicates at each point are fine ("follow the rules", "take things lightly", etc.), but making declarations about the initial state of things ("moderators usually know what's best", "you are overreacting", etc.) is your own conclusion and invalidates someone's feelings to the contrary. You don't know if they're wrong, and even then it's subjective.

Rather than making such blanket-statements, I would focus on the situation as-is ("this is the way things are, and here's how to navigate them"). That delivers the information without implying they have no right to their feelings.
I appreciate the feedback! You make a valid point. I'll see if I have time to update this.
  • laurEEn
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Artist
  • March 12, 2018, 8:59 am
Absolutely love this blog post. I really do think that the community can get riled up at times, and most of what you listed is what happens. People either respond negatively and keep digging themselves into a deeper hole, or try to make it a huge deal to where the community feels uncomfortable. I think this is a good read for anyone who is trying to learn from their past decisions on the website, and wants to move on, but doesn't know how to. Good job. :)
That's my intention =)

Thank you!
What's this? Useful information about being reasonable on Planet Minecraft, of all places? Glad to see some of the old mc community spirit is still alive. Good show.
Wow Apparently I Was A Jerk... LOL
  • BioPowered
  • Level 25
  • Expert Engineer
  • March 10, 2018, 2:43 am
"If you are reading this, it is likely that you feel that everyone is a jerk" Nah, the kid just made me laugh.
Good blog, I was expecting some kid to rant about why they got banned but it was really interesting. I hope that a certain type of people read it and that it helps them.
I was hoping that people would come here expecting a rant, that way it would hit them harder. I think everyone hopes that "those type of people" will read these ;)
  • Fireflye
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • March 15, 2018, 7:45 pm
you are a jerk tho. Just sayin....
I can be a jerk sometimes, but at least I am able to realize that.
Good... um... blog thingy. (what should I call this?)
  • MysticJhn
  • Level 23
  • Expert Artist
  • March 9, 2018, 2:26 pm
"Yeah, but everybody's a jerk. You. Me. This jerk."
  • Fireflye
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • March 15, 2018, 7:45 pm
soo true my dear
Surprisingly in depth for a Minecraft Blog post... Not sure what I was expecting but this was a good read, and honest to god what tiggens need to hear! I'm proud of you, left a diamond AND favorite.
Thank you! It's something that's been annoying me for a while, so I thought I'd show people how to get along.

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