When did it become okay?
To bully? Bullying has become an epidemic in our everyday lives and has become a significant issue for our children. When we lead by examples as bullies ourselves, is it any wonder that this issue has grown to near epidemic proportions? Think about it. How many instances of bullying do you see, hear, and read in social media every day? With the ease of social media, we have become faceless drones who would rather threaten another faceless drone, than to have civil discourse. How will these examples of bad manners leave a nation built-on self-reliance and social responsibility to our community?
To shame people to be PC? When did our schools and higher-learning institutions become havens for children and young adults who cannot handle a thought or word that they consider offensive? Thoughts spoken out loud, not to offend. But, which we analyze, dissect and twist, to find some hidden, evil intent within them. Gay no longer means to be happy. Man, woman, boy, and girl are no longer nouns, but unwanted labels of gender inequality. And so, it goes, on-and-on, until we can no longer carry-on a comfortable conversation with our neighbors, let alone a stranger.
To purposely pick and choose which laws we will obey? Anarchistic behavior looms on the horizon, as people bully their way into other people’s private, personal lives to bully them into a politically correct mind-meld of what I call one-think. When did a nation, built on rugged individualism, turn the corner to place consensus above the needs and rights of an individual? To use brute force and vandalism to terrorize our communities, and find this to be a tolerable form of free speech?
When did incivility, lawlessness, and anger become an acceptable form of expression on our public streets and our private lives? Think about it and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
~ Kris Halterman