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The Troublemaker


By Joe Novak

You find them everywhere: in schools, churches, work place and neighborhoods. They are always starting trouble while dragging the unsuspecting along. These are normally people who love attention, the bullies of the world, grabbing power while proclaiming their cause to be just and honorable.

Trouble Makers are self-absorbed, self-centered and have a problem seeing the value in other people. These types of people feel that their presence should be seen as a gift from God. Those who create trouble do not understand how to work in harmony with others. They feel that their voice, opinion and ideas must be the loudest. This type of approach silences others who, if allowed, could help make better music if they were not drowned out by the Trouble Maker.

Have you ever wondered how Hitler persuaded 6 million Germans to go along with his perverse plan to dominate the world for the Reich’s greater good? The lemmings of the world follow along with little thought as to the consequences. The total death toll in WW II has been calculated at 70 million people!

Edmond Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.” This is the exact reason our elections are by secret ballot, but getting people to the polls is another challenge. Even when our democracy is at stake, many simply do nothing. 

Social media is a platform for bullies since anonymity can bring out the worst in people. I read about a teen who committed suicide in a live stream. Instead of being a cry for help, it ended up a platform where the vile in our society encouraged and taunted him to carry out this act.  

I have personally witnessed a parishioner so viciously verbally attack another parishioner that it brought them to tears; nothing Christ-like in that!

This article is certainly not going to transform the world into a kinder, gentler society. It may just enrage a bully who recognizes him/herself, even though this is a generalization, not an indictment of anyone. My main goal is to encourage the innocent bystander who may get swept up in the fray to contemplate Burke’s words. A few more terms come to mind: “guilt by association” and “birds of a feather flock together”. Having the guts to walk away from someone who will drag you down may say more about your character than standing with them. The Apostle Paul warns, “Mark them that cause division and avoid them.”

Joe Novak retired from PGS,Inc. a manufacturing company he sold in 2005. He has written more than 140 articles for The Middlefield Post and is active in his community and church. Joe’s articles are based on his life and business experiences and though he tries to be as accurate as possible, he recommends you contact an expert or professional when in doubt.


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