Every so often an article in the popular media strikes me. This evening I was humored enough with an article from one of the regional papers that I felt strongly enough to share it. I was so please to find an article to sums-up today’s insanity.
I hope you enjoy this and find it as thought-provoking as I did!
A couple of adages come to mind while following the news, along with the despairing thought there’s a high price to be paid for the prurience that confronts us daily.
Look at government VIPs such as Al Franken and John Conyers.
Look at media notables such as Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.
Look at Hollywood heavyweights such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
One of those adages, known as the law of the jungle, holds that the strong devour the weak, clearly a factor in all these sordid revelations that keep pushing real news aside.
Lest we forget, there’s a madman in North Korea toying with the idea of firing a ballistic missile at us, and madmen all over the world committed to killing us in obeisance to a toxic version of their faith, and major domestic issues demanding our attention here at home.
Yet we remain fixated on predators who have used positions of power and influence to satisfy their lusts by indecently exploiting those whose welfare they affect.
And now our State House (Editor: the Massachusette Statehouse), suddenly awash in lurid scandal, is splashing in that same sewer. The floodgates of abhorrent behavior seem to open wider every day, making you wonder: Who created this monster?
Truth be told, a lot of us did, making stars out of reprobates, re-electing lowlifes, allowing values and beliefs that have long defined us to be squelched in the name of political correctness. In doing that, we have reaffirmed another adage known as the law of the harvest, the one assuring us we shall reap whatever we sow.
Not much shocks us anymore; even less offends us.
We feel so beaten down that we end up accepting what used to be unacceptable, rationalizing that acceptance does not mean approval. Please. Rationalizing is just finding a good reason for doing something we know is wrong, and in times such as these it’s clear our silence and neutrality are costing us dearly.
It’s simple: If we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. We’re adults. We can handle it. That’s what we tell ourselves. But what about those kids and grandkids now seeing and hearing things we never saw or heard at their age because so much of what we’re told is no big deal today would have been inconceivable back then.
Don’t misunderstand, this is not to mourn the passing of innocence; it’s to mourn the passing of common decency.
We used to be better than this, remember? Scan today’s headlines; watch tonight’s newscasts.
Then ask yourself, what are we becoming?