The Collapse of Common Decency

I don’t know who’s more to blame – my generation or my parents’, but it’s become obvious that our society as a whole has thrown mutual respect and common decency out the window.

Whether through the rise of social media, technology, or geographic mobility, or a combination of all three, we have reached a point where finding a respectful, engaging, and thoughtful discussion/debate/disagreement is less likely than finding a proverbial needle in a haystack. Our lack of consideration for those with whom we disagree is astounding, and the widespread effects are truly demoralizing.

Just consider our country’s recent protests, and the social groups that have arisen from various points of disagreement: RINOs, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Those-who-kneel-during-the-Anthem, Those-who-stand-during-the-Anthem, NeverTrumpers, etc. We have allowed ourselves to become a nation of thin-skinned, name-calling bullies. And even if we haven’t reached Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump bullying levels, as a society we have very little solid ground on which to stand and condem their activity.

This afternoon I had the displeasure of reading yet another bullying comment from our President as he attempted to slam “liddle’ Bob Corker,” with whom he had some genuine policy differences.¬† But of course, at this point who’s paying attention to policy? Who cares about the content? What matters now is the delegitimizing of another individual. And all for a disagreement on substance. I wish red-blooded Republicans would see this for what it is, and what it has been since the dawn of kindergarten playgrounds. I wish they’d call him out for it like they should have done during the 2016 primaries.

But they won’t. They won’t because they’ve spent the last 2 years making the same comments themselves: Crooked Hilary, Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, etc…

And lest liberals think they’re off the hook, when will they consistently stand up to sexual assault and rape instead of just offering up the scapegoat of Harvey Weinstein? Can we expect better and more wholesome Hollywood productions across the board?

I’m not getting my hopes up.

There is a silver lining to all of this, though, and that is our humanity. Granted, our humanity and hypocritical nature that comes naturally did get us in this mess, and if given free reign does allow us to be ignorantly foolish and careless with our attitudes and opinions, but our humanity should also give us hope. As a Christian, I know that my fellow man is created imago Dei, and that means we have an inherent worth that requires treating others as I would want to be treated. It also means standing up to bullies and predators.

At the end of the day, being a fellow human being should mean more than well… being a burger. Watch and learn, and then help recover a common decency.

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