Check out the Youtube video above. If you’ve not heard of this guy, then I’m glad I can be the one to introduce him to you. Rives is an incredible poet, and his Mockingbird poem is my absolute favorite. I love this poem, not only because he’s an awesome wordsmith, but because the meaning of this poem is the inspiration of this website.
Everyone wants to be heard.
The old adage, “Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one and they all stink,” is just simply an awful statement. But that statement is fairly accurate – only because we’ve allowed it to be. Now I’m not talking about opinions where people mercilessly criticise and disparage people for no good reason. I like to call those douchebagisms. I’m talking about opinions about life and love and God and sex and food and bodily noises and anything else under the sun. Those are the opinons that should be treated with careful respect, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to you.
When did it become the standard to treat opinions that are foreign or that disagreed with our own as hostile? When did we start defending our own opinions as though we were defending a fort? When did we stop seeing disagreements as opportunities to learn?
When did it become okay to never admit that we’re wrong?
This is what Four Finger Culture is all about. I want to make it clear that we’re not for invoking debate and disagreements – although they are okay as long as they’re done respectfully. We are about the exchanging of ideas about anything relevant – which may even be about bodily noises.
We want Four Finger Culture to be a big fat internet Mockingbird.