The Most Toxic Society…

Some people, particularly those in Western Europe and the Scandinavian countries say the US has become the most toxic society.

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Where else do people die for a lack of basic medicine? What other country has a mass shooting per day? If we’re painfully honest, America excels at hate now — whether blank indifference or impassioned cruelty. Everybody seems to hate everybody else, perpetually — not at an individual level, maybe, but certainly at a group level. It’s a set of little tribes — blacks, whites, Asians, liberals, conservatives, rich, poor, young, old — who seem to genuinely despise one another.

via Why Americans Love to Hate Each Other (And Hate to Love Each Other)

Unfortunately, throughout the ages the loudest, most vulgar voices get almost all the attention and when most of the US media outlets spend the vast majority of their time on those voices who can blame those in other countries who think we are all bitter, negative and violent. Yes, there is hatred in America that has not been there in recent memory, but for the most part, the majority of us are just going about living our lives as we have always done. That part of America doesn’t make the daily news in other countries.

While I think that the writer of the quote above used the words that he did because he knew they would strike alarm in those who read them. He wanted to get our attention and for the most part, he certainly did that.

I certainly hope and am totally convinced that these ugly times, even if they are limited to a slice of our population,  will be an anomaly in history instead of becoming the new norm. It just has to be. I am praying that the mid-term election coming up validates that hope.

You Always Have A Choice..

2018-08-12_11-47-05All of us have pity parties at times in our lives. We bemoan that we didn’t get the breaks in life that so many others did.  The strike back reaction for many now days is to publically insult those we stealthily envy. It goes like this “I can’t have it so they shouldn’t either!”

I learned the lesson in the above quote later in life than I realized. Whenever life gives you an opportunity you need to realize that you always have a choice.  Many times circumstances that you once dreaded proved to be a jump-start for a new opportunity.  For those who hate change, these times are agonizing but often necessary. For example, being replaced by a robot gives you the opportunity to go to a trade school to prepare for a job that is much more secure than the one you were forced out of. You always have a choice.

I know some folks have thoroughly convinced themselves, or maybe it was driven into them by others, that they can’t learn anything new. They might not admit that but deep down too many have such low self-esteem to believe that they actually have a choice.  When their no-thinking-required manual labor job disappears they think their only option is to become bitter about their life’s circumstances. They strike out at almost anyone and everyone. You always have a choice.

There are those who were born in rural America who see their way of life disappearing due to agricultural automation and consolidation.  Their little town is a now an empty shell of what it once was and they are bitter about that.  They have a mentality that they are a tree and are permanently rooted in their current circumstances. You always have a choice.

You Always Have A Choice

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