Can’t We Just Get Along?

Hatred.  Judgment.  Unrestrained vitriole.  Yep, I’ve been reading article comments again (I should know better by now), and the topics/content don’t actually matter.  No matter what the opinion or idea, there seem to be scores of folks ready and willing to verbally brutalize anyone who disagrees with them.  I wonder, has humanity (for lack of a better term) always been this way?  Has the propensity toward ugliness always festered deep within and we were just better at hiding it?  When did it become okay to unleash and spew in this unrestrained manner?  I’m a writer, so yes, of course I believe in the right to free speech – what I’m wondering is, whatever happened to civil discourse?

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