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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8 thoughts on “Can’t We Just Get Along?

  1. There is a fine line between free speech and people being intentionally hurtful. I’ve come across a few of those. There are people that seem to get pleasure from “pushing people’s buttons. It’s a cry for attention and a reaction.

  2. It’s tough, isn’t it? I got amazing advice from a friend: focus on the good comments, and the nice people, and what goes right. You never notice the 40-50 people sitting quietly on the bus with you and making sure they are not blocking the way etc. You notice the loudmouth who doesn’t want to put his bags on the ground so someone else can sit. But statistically speaking, well, that loudmouth is the minority – thank God for that!!!!

    • True. My late aunt Sandy used to say that complements are free. You can make someone’s day if you notice a cool tee shirt or some really nice attributes. If you see something you like say it. Pay a complement. I think that would be the true opposite of this. I think that is how we combat it. 🙂

      BTW, great blog site!

      • Thanks Hal! I couldn’t agree more – small kindnesses can make such a difference in someone’s day. I used to do suicide intervention, and the first thing that we were taught is that it only takes one person at the right time in the right place to make a difference – sometimes literally between life and death. A smile costs us nothing but has priceless value 🙂

      • I was actually talking to a friend about how easy it is to slip into negativity in this society, and how it is easy to slip back into positivity, but it takes a lot more effort. Mantras are my way to go 😉 And thank you for checking out my blog, I’m quite happy you like it 🙂 🙂 🙂

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