We had a conversation in the break room today that didn’t involve whoevers casual sexual tryst last night, or whatever sporting event that’s not worth talking about. Somehow we got on the subject of how mean society is getting. How undeniably, horrificly, and yes, casually violent our world has become. From violent lesbian gangs, to celebrants beating to death the passenger in a car that ran down a child, it does seem meaner out there. In Chicago, kids are killing each other at a record clip, and all over the world violence has become choice one.
Not long ago it was all over the news how rude society had become, and they tried blaming text messaging. I’ve been on the receiving end of some vitriolic text messages, and to be frank they make me laugh. I picture the sender violently pushing those teeny tiny buttons, and saying “take that you rabid bastard” as they trounce the send key with their spastically quivering pinkie.
I don’t think we are any more rude, and I think the mean thing is a little overdone. I believe the problem is more likely that we’ve grown over sensitive. Every comment is taken as a personal slight. The motive for each action is parsed down to its minutest detail. whether for good or for bad society has become all about “me”, and what affect the rest of the world has on my little corner of the globe.
Personally, nobody seems any meaner to me. A little more disingenuous maybe. A scad more shrill. Way to damn defensive. Thats part and parcel of the “It’s mine” and “I want it now” society. Pardon me while I run myself into debt, and then complain about my credit rating. Excuse me while I park my big enough for a moose SUV at this gas pump, and then go scream at the cashier about gas prices.
If we’re meaner its because we’re more self centered. We somehow became more educated and grew dumber at the same time. Our reading comprehension has gone the way of the dinosaur, and now candor means nasty, and honesty means prick.
I have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, but from personal experience I recommend a long look in the mirror. If your problem isn’t standing right in front of you then I’m not descended from monkeys. OH, and keep your mean to yourself. All of life’s little problems will not be rectified by spewing your issues at the world.
I’ll fix ’em for 32.50 an hour plus expenses though.