The news is filled with road rage incidents and evidence of disrespect being shown to adults by minors. An example of the highest level of disrespect is seen in the video of the bus monitor in New York being bullied by middle school children.
Another news video shows a fight between drivers erupting on a California highway and leaving one of the men in serious physical condition after a beating from two men. The stark reality of seeing this level of violence and disrespect displayed on television causes us to realize that at some point we have lost our sense of dignity and how to treat other people with respect.
Across the country, during this election season, there are reports of people running for office showing their disdain for the public and for other candidates. Much is written about civility and the use of negative ads in political campaigns. Studies have been done pointing to the fact that negative campaign ads work in favor of the candidate who chooses to use them. That truth should cause each of us to pause to consider what we are doing to our nation. Why have we gone to that depth of mudslinging and gutter style politics? It is almost as if we expect that in political campaigns there must be a WrestleMania attitude shown in order to compel people to vote for a certain candidate.
There is obvious anger throughout our country. As I travel, speaking before various groups of people, I hear the frustration and anger from those who ask questions. It is almost as if we believe the candidate demonstrating the most anger or showing their inability to channel their anger into a positive direction will win.
As we mature in life, we learn all people do not agree on every subject. The mature person is able to listen to the ideas and issues from others with which one disagrees without putting on a public display of anger or throwing a fit of rage because someone has a different opinion. Early in my adult life, while working in the political world, I discovered everyone does not agree with me. All people do not see the same issue from the same viewpoint. Just because someone disagrees with my position does not mean they are bad or have to be proven wrong. An immature person must have the mindset that they are required to show all others how wrong they are, and if they don’t agree, then they get angry, turn red in the face and denounce others as being wrong on every subject. That type of silly, immature attitude has no place in a civil, mature adult world.
There are things that should anger everyone, but not to the point that we commit a greater wrong by turning people from our point of view because of our immature behavior. From where I stand, it is the mature person who learns it is possible to disagree with another person without being disagreeable.
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