Post written by John Boone
In my travels the last couple of weeks I’ve been studying people. Airports, stores, restaurants, on the road, etc., I’ve been watching and listening to people, though certainly not in a creepy kind of way. I found most of the people I shared the same air with seem to be generally good people - they live and let live, they’re accommodating if not courteous, tolerant if not congenial.
If you listen to the media, you’d think everybody is upset, full of hate, racist, sexist, and some kind of phobic. And it seems those who call themselves the most “tolerant” among us are the first ones to label, stereotype and compartmentalize. But with what I’ve seen and what I hope to continue to believe, most of us aren’t like that at all. The media plays to the extremes. Along with everything needing to fit their narrative, they play to the extremes to win the ratings battles.
This is not an attempt at being political, only an observation. The news is much less journalistic and much more opinion-based than ever, and extremes draw strong opinions. So guess what? Extremists feel even more empowered to make a scene, because they know the media will search them out. More hate gets displayed. More express hateful opinions. More labels are attached. Fed a steady diet of such, our society has become much darker.
I believe there are still a lot of good people out there. I have seen them everywhere. Sure, I have seen angry people and even someone who tossed out a racial epithet at a war vet in a Walmart line (why?), but I believe most of us are good.
To stay good we need to stick to our values, teach them, and continue to be well-informed, not taking as fact everything a blood-thirsty media is feeding us.
Together we need to build our ranks, love and take care of one another. We can still impact our country for good…right?
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