I am not quite sure what happened to the age of innocence, but I have a good idea about what is happening to the age of decency.
I have a good idea and I do not care for it at all – not one iota!
With each passing day I seem to despair more and more at the absolute torrent of hateful and abusive vitriol people seem happy to vent at complete and utter strangers. Whether it be via the medium of social media; an online discussion forum or more alarmingly, towards the person on the other end of the telephone.
Every day seems to bring a new low in a catalogue of lows in the decay of what used to be commonly expected as basic human decency.
I frequently ask myself the question “when did it become acceptable to disagree with someone’s opinion with a bile laden response that makes you catch your breath or makes you wince at the venom injected into the expletive; the offensive insult, the comment designed to do nothing other than hurl as much disgust or disdain in one spiteful and deplorable statement?”
Some responses are nothing more than a single worded response; whichever single word will cause the most shock and pain.
When did it become so shameful?
When did respect and decorum so abjectly fall from grace?
I do not know who to blame and I have to admit that I do not particular have the appetite or energy to start apportioning responsibility to any particular person or group of persons. All that I am certain of, is that it is a crying shame that so many feel so invulnerable behind the keyboard – so invincible that they would pour forth such hate without any restraint.
It is a shame and it is an indictment on what has and is continuing to become of our society.
Perhaps it was always this way. Perhaps the electronic age merely opened up the gateway; enabled a medium to reach out across the globe, instead of across the garden fence.
All I know – is that it is a shame.
Something about which we should all be ashamed.