I generally try to keep out of national or world politics simply because there are so many others more versed and better informed on the specific issues than myself.
Manners and Personal Integrity
With that being said, I am absolutely disturbed by the complete lack of common decency in the politics of the United States. I personally don’t care who you voted for, what your skin color is or whether your family follows the traditional structure or roles. I couldn’t care less who you choose to share your bed with or even what you choose to do in that bed. What I do care about is that whoever you are, you at least have manners, personal integrity, common courtesy and decorum in your discourse with others.
Leaders Behavior Reflects Upon Their Consituents
Stephen L. Carter in his book Civility – Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy writes; “A 1997 study by the Annenberg School of Communications concluded that the level of civility on the floor of Congress has reached its lowest point since 1935.” Perhaps our nation’s leaders failing to behave as decent human beings has been reflected in their constituent’s behavior. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963 said; “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”. When a society begins acting like a bunch of buffoons, it ceases to be civilized. Is it any wonder our streets have become war zones, our schools battlegrounds, and our leadership corrupt?
A Lack of Rational, Informed, and Decent Behavior
Critical thinking and civil debate have been removed from our institutions of higher education and replaced with censorship of ideas or differing views. The media has suffered the same fate. Instead of simply reporting the facts and allowing viewers to arrive at their own conclusions, they feel it necessary to spoon feed us their warped view of the world, often without verifying the facts or sources. In a world so desperately in need of rational, informed, and decent behavior; we are left with news commentators and experts who constantly speak over the top of others in an effort to interfere, silence, or bully their opponents into submission. As a society, our behavior is atrocious, disgusting, and childish. We seek entertainment value over true knowledge and discourse.
We need to return to decent behaviors with our interaction with others. If I hold a door open for you, it’s a sign of decency, not superiority. Some ‘ladies’ have all but destroyed chivalry by their self-righteous attitudes. Never once have I considered a woman lesser than me. When I open your door, it’s a sign of respect. I open doors for men, too. We need to listen to what others say to actually understand their position. John Fitzgerald Kennedy once opined, “Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.” Civility begins with us, it is time to conduct ourselves accordingly and lead by example. End of Rant!