I just read a columnists take on rudeness. She thinks it’s because we have lost empathy for each other, and she wrote a very nice piece about it. She goes on to explain that she thinks we don’t understand or care how it makes the other person feel when we are rude. But I think it goes even deeper, more basic, which makes it even sadder.
People have lost the basic respect for each other that God gives us all, no matter what we think, look like, how famous we are or where we are from. Being self-centered is the new god. That is why I hate reality shows, they showcase for the worst of human behavior. Somehow it’s funny, entertaining, riveting to see people plan how to bring someone else down. When did backstabbing become an art form? Yes, it’s all about the big ME, not loss of empathy.
My guess is that some kind of experts are out there right now trying figure out why rudeness is on the upswing and somewhere committees are being formed to address the issue.
For God’s sake. Turn off the TV shows where people are catty and mean, don’t let music play in your house with lyrics chocked full of hos and bitches, don’t let your kids get away with nastiness, and show them how to right a wrong without resorting to cursing, insults and a flip of a finger.
(Who needs reality shows when you can go Christmas shopping? That’s enough bad behavior for me for one day – week – season.)
Let’s get back to being considerate and kind because it’s the right thing to do before our kids won’t recognize Ho-ho-ho as Santa’s line versus three sluts in a row.
“There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded disireable, that calls for art or for character.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe