Would we really be proud of all that we said and the way we said it?
Would it hold as truth in 1000 years as it does today?
I wonder about those questions because I'm not so sure we could answer them in a positive way about them. I doubt that in a 1000 years, what is so critical today, will be even remembered at that point. I have a feeling that all this screaming and yelling will essentially be for nothing.
Yet, it doesn't stop anyone from doing it. Group 1 says something and so group 2 responds. Group 2 responds and now group 3 and group 1 have to respond. Of course, then the next level of that involves more pointed and heated words. It involves one-upping the other groups. It requires that we out-flank the others and really make our point knowing.
As it continues to escalate and build, it becomes nothing more than screaming and yelling at one another where no one is listening. I'm sure that when this election is over, everyone will view things differently, but life will go on and little will be paid to each individual's role in this entire process. It won't even enter into most people's minds how they participated in this horrible display of childish behavior.
I often look at what I see online and in the news and think, what if our children behaved this same way? Most likely the child would have his backside spanked and they would be set in a corner to think about how their actions were so horrible.
Yet, adults are doing the same thing and they don't stop to think about it. I'm not so sure our children aren't smarter than adults most days. Adults are modeling this behavior for their children and then getting upset when the child shows it back to them. How two sided can you get? Just look at what is happening to our children and the bullying and violence taking place in our schools!
More importantly though when all we can do is scream and yell and make outrageous statements backed up by little or no facts, how is that good for our society? It does nothing to advance humans on this planet. It does nothing to care about one another or see if there is a way we can work together for our common good.
I wish people would really look at what they say. I can't see how many people would be proud of the words they used and how they showed complete disrespect and contempt for one another. Aren't we as humans better than that?
Do we just hate ourselves so much that we hate others in the process and we don't care if it shows? We don't care what happens. It is all about what we think is right and to hell with the rest!
Most likely we will just have lowered the bar on public discourse, especially when it comes to our political process. Imagine what the next political season will entail because we have set the bar so low in this one. At the end of the day, I doubt any of us will be further along in learning how to help one another, listen to one another or have the most basic respect for each other.
May our children teach us how to see the world and each other, because in my view - the adults are failing the children and the world in a big way. The things people say to one another should be at a higher standard than we are today. May we all find that point and elevate the discussion and respect in this world.
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