When did it change? You know what I’m talking about if you’re a Boomer or Gen X. When did we get permission and so brazen to discuss politics openly. When I was growing up it was a rule “never discuss politics or religion” outside the home. I never remember anyone in my family having conversations about it. I vaguely remember the Watergate scandal and the conversations about that but never anything else. And when did we feel so free to call people names to their face? I see it on all social media platforms, people calling other people “stupid”, “idiot” “crazy”. I was raised not to call people names. Sure I heard name calling but never to anyone’s face. My dad thought everyone was a “jackass”.
And when did we become comfortable with violence? I was taught at home and in school to never touch anyone. Yes! There has always been domestic abuse in homes but that was and still is hidden. I’m talking about the violence we continually see on the tube. The violence on social media that we just scroll past because we have become numb to it. You know you can over expose yourself to things so much that you become numb. A porn or sex addict will testify to that. Is that what happened? We’ve been exposed so much little by little, bit by bit that it no longer impacts us? Have we really lost and compromised our core values to join this army of hate and anger?
And here’s the thing, it’s our generations that is doing it. No, not all of it but WE should not be doing it at all because we know better. We were raised better. We had scruples, core values, real home raising, church camp and Sunday school pushed through our veins. We knew better to name call or fight someone just because. We better have a damn good reason if we went there. I know because I had to think of a few myself.
And really what’s the point in all of it? You won because you called someone a worse name than they called you? You feel better, seen and heard? Newsflash..if that makes you feel more powerful and better, you got more than name calling going on. Check your insides.
Have we really become this? If so I don’t know when.