Daily now, we’re faced with the divisiveness pervading our country. Politics has really played a number with us over the past couple of years, but this isn’t about politics. At almost 60 years old, I have never in my life seen anything like it. I have seen elections play out through the years while both sides put out political ads insulting the other. I remember a time when people were criticized for doing that and that was nothing compared to how it is now. We are being subjected to behavior that is so offensive and unacceptable that my mouth literally falls open at some of what I see and hear. When did we turn into human beings that allow this type of behavior and what are we going to do about it? Continue reading “Where’s Our Moral Compass These Days?”
The More Things Change…
We all know how this ends. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This can be applied to so many things going on in our world today. For now, I’m going to focus on the issue brought to the forefront by Harvey Weinstein. The subject of these latest headlines, the sexual assault and harassment of women, particularly by powerful men, remains a problem for us all.
I say a problem for all of us because this is not and should not be a “woman’s problem”. This is a human problem and affects women, men, young children and the elderly. It needs to be addressed by every single one of us. I’m saddened by the fact that this problem still needs to be addressed and the behavior still enabled by some. As evidenced in the news these days, it appears that we’ve made little progress on a number of issues. Continue reading “Sexual Assault is Everybody’s Problem”
I don’t even know what to say today.
I’m so confused, disappointed, frightened, and angry at what we’ve allowed our reality to become. When and why did we allow this to happen to us, as a people? It seems to me that it has evolved over time to the point that we are now accepting of the fact that hate is normal and there really is no minimum expectation of behavior anymore. Anybody can say anything they want to with no repercussions. This growing tolerance of unacceptable behavior has evolved into violent action and increasing and overwhelming incidents of hate.
I feel that, during this time of political upheaval and discourse, it’s been easy to blame politics (and politicians). I am embarrassed to admit that I, too, have developed feelings of disappointment, disgust, and yes, even anger, over the past year. I don’t care which side you were on, you had a reason to feel these emotions. We do NOT, however, have a right to act on them, other than in a positive way. We should be taking those feelings and looking for positive ways to get involved and effect change. We, as human beings, do not have a right to violence, to hate, to intolerance. Each one of us is a human being entitled to an opinion, a behavior, and a lifestyle of our own choosing. Not one of us is a perfect human. How dare we think we are better than anybody else or that we, alone, are right about everything? Yes, we’re entitled to feelings, but we are not entitled to say or do anything that we want. I don’t care who you are. You can be the guy next door or the president of the United States. We seem to have lost respect for basic human interaction. We need to hold each other accountable again. Continue reading “Who In The World Are We?”