I’ve been wondering lately if the world has been flooded by some alien ray that eliminated civility from humankind.
I look at the contention stories permeating the global and even the local press in all regions of the world.
Wouldn’t you think that all people alive today would have some experience of or observation of hate, prejudice, violence or anger and not like it or want in or near their lives?
The poor attack the poor because they see what they don’t like in others in themselves and can see no way out of what they don’t like.
The rich belittle the rich because others have more or less than themselves and they live under the illusion that success, security, and safety is having more.
Republicans criticize Democrats because that’s what those out of power do even though partisanship relinquishes their elected responsibility to seek the greater good for the whole.
Religions contend with other beliefs saying my way is the only way to worship the one God of All That Is.
The old besmirch the young because that’s not the way they did it and they can’t remember their youthful enthusiasm for the zest of life.
The Young disrespect the elderly because they see their passage in the old and cannot accept vulnerability and decay.
Race diminishes race because few understand the sacredness of culture, traditions, and family is the same for all.
This stuff has been going on since the beginning of humankind.
Perhaps it is just remembering what civility is and then practicing it because it is the right thing to do.