There’s nothing pretty or flattering about this massive, national pile of crap. And the longer we wallow in it the more clear it becomes. We’re due for a major clean-up around here. Anything would be better than this. There has to be a better way.
Well there is.
And that better way comes into view from atop the massive manure pile that passes for “dialogue” in the U.S. today. Hike on up here with me for a minute to the foul summit of Mount Intolerance and let’s see if we can find our way out of this mess.
Psychologist William James once wrote, “the human individual lives usually far within his limits….he behaves far below his optimum.” As we climb to this panoramic point high above the social media sewerage, we can see his words ringing absolutely true. Civility is dying. Rudeness is rampant. All those participation trophies that conveyed a false sense of “I am special” are coming home to roost.
First of all just being in proximity to such a steady stream of opinionated, ignorant behavior is unpleasant. Regardless of the issue, selfishness and intolerance are poor platforms for making one’s point.
It’s as if we’re losing the ability to realize that the people around us just aren’t as impressed with our enlightened intellectualism as we are. And if we do detect any hint of disagreement, it will be attributed to the simple fact that “most people just aren’t as smart as me.”
Add in the fact that this pompous odor oozes 24/7 from every digital orifice imaginable and you can see why more and more people are asking, “WTF am I doing even listening to this crap?” Good question.
If the digital age has taught us anything to date, it is that a VOLUME of communication is by no means a guarantee of its VALUE. Probably quite the contrary.
But all is not lost. From our vantage point high upon the festering remains of courtesy and manners, we can envision the possible return of ladies and gentleman embracing a more courteous alternative to our current state of pettiness, name-calling and divisiveness.
If you have survived to the point of sympathy rather than disdain for those who peddle in superiority and self-importance, then the potentially more civilized landscape of 2018 just might be to your liking.
Armed with the lessons of the past, we can optimize our chances for optimizing our future. Having witnessed the decimation of common courtesy and respect over the years, we need not suffer it again.
Whether it is family, company, community or country, any place occupied by two or more human beings will be a better place if occupied by the presence of human dignity and mutual respect. Anything less and we exist as less. And that mistake my friends is one I’d rather not step in again.