Comments: Intolerant of the Intolerant

Wow. I'm breathless. That is the most perfectly said analysis of the need to put hamity back into society I have read for a while.

Thank you. You've made me look at life differently today. xxx

Posted by Shaz at October 26, 2013 12:19 AM

*humanity

Posted by Shaz at October 26, 2013 12:19 AM

It is a sad trend; we're descending to a place where we shouldn't go and we know it, in our bones we know it.

That was spot on.

Posted by pam at October 26, 2013 04:38 AM

Absolutely spot on, Bou. I've felt the exact same....but wasn't as eloquent as you in saying it. Maybe that's part of the problem. Many of us aren't nearly so erudite...so we turn to disparaging and haranguing those that don't believe the same way we do?

Posted by Pammy at October 26, 2013 09:12 AM

I don't know, Pam. America has sunk into this cesspool of hatred and negativism. We complain about how our children act at school, but what are they witnessing with their parents? What type of behaviour are they being taught to emulate?

My grandmother on my Mom's side was an uneducated woman. Her grammar would make me grin by the time I truly understood proper diction and grammar. She was never eloquent.

But my Nana was kind and cared about her fellow neighbor. She might scream and curse at the TV during football, but you'd not hear her denigrate other Americans like we're hearing today... so I don't think it has anything to do with well written or well spoken... but what is coming from inside.

I could be wrong. I am just sad.

Posted by Bou at October 26, 2013 09:54 AM

You are spot on with this! The mean-spirited hateful diatribes are horrendous. The extreme lack of respect for the ideas and beliefs of others is mind-boggling.

The tenents of civility, politeness, and respect for others - EVEN when visiting in other peoples homes is being lost or shuffled aside so 'no one makes waves'.

Respect and Honor and Courtesy should be the NORM - not the exception.

Posted by Nina at October 26, 2013 12:08 PM

Bou, this made me cry. You really have hit this on the head. If your political rants are like this, feel free to have more. Now, one question...is it okay with you if I share this link on facebook? Or do you not want to deal with what might result? I just think others need to read this.

Posted by Peggy K at October 26, 2013 12:32 PM

You put it beautifully. I feel a lot like you do!
Our culture and public education are influences that create changes in our social and political transactions that can help our country or degrade it horribly.
Bits of this have split this Rattler's tribe; it is sad.
But, we continue to carry on with a bit of grace and respect for the others.
(keyboard:the letter after L, and before N does not work, so I will keep this short.)
Thanks

Posted by Tiny Rattler at October 26, 2013 02:26 PM

Peggy K- No problem. Feel free.

Tiny Rattler- I think we will see more of an upswing in homeschooling than we already do as we try to protect our children from things within our schools we don't believe in.

I have two kids that went to a private high school. I've busted my butt to send them there... they got a superb education (my eldest in college is surprised as to how he compares to others) and for the most part they were immersed in a good value system there, although we had to have some heart to hearts when MY value system and the school's did not coincide.

My youngest is in a fantastic public school, it fits him. Every child is different. But I do see a time we'll have to have some heart to hearts in some of his classes and/or when his teachers try to push THEIR belief system upon him. It happens. I wish it it did not. Our schools should be apolitical... but they are not.

Posted by Bou at October 26, 2013 03:10 PM

As the song goes in South Pacific "You have to be carefully taught!"

Posted by The Thomas at October 27, 2013 10:04 PM

I feel exactly the same way. I see the commercials for all these reality shows(I don't watch them) and I wonder when it became okay to be rude and mean. I read the comments under news articles and see so many mean, hateful comments. It truly makes me sad. What happened to "walking a mile in another man's shoes" before you pass judgement? What happened to trying to be the best person you can be? What happened to doing onto others as you would have others do unto you? Just, what happened?

Posted by Sticks at October 28, 2013 04:31 PM

The worst thing to happen to us has been 24 hour news. Once they had to fill 24 hours it was bound to devolve into total nonsense. I refuse to listen or watch it. Then came the internet and people having a soapbox but no need to put themselves physically front and center and the world devolved yet more into the morass of hatred. I stepped back. I have opinions, but I won't read the bile coming from the self-righteous anymore... I can't.

I don't know where we are headed, it's hard to say. Change is with us always. It could be good or bad, but I will actively look for the good things. It's all I can do. It's a choice. Some people will hate me for that saying I should "stand up for my choices". I will, in the voting booth, until they take that from me. Otherwise, I want nothing to do with the vitriol. Life is for living with joy, not for constant anger, angst, and fear.

Posted by Teresa at October 28, 2013 05:44 PM

As Ben Franklin once said, we all have to hang together or, most assuredly, we will hang separately.

Great post.

Posted by Elisson at October 29, 2013 09:18 AM

Must share on Facebook. This is IT! I am glad there are great writers who can articulate what others feel but cannot say.

Posted by Kim at October 29, 2013 07:25 PM