Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bad Behavior Abounds

My sister went the the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday with her husband. They stayed until halftime. It seems they were surrounded by bad behavior; people were drinking and cursing and yelling at the field.

I happened across a show on MTV called "Jersey Shore". I could only stand to watch a few minutes of this train wreck of 20 somethings engaging in more bad behavior. I could barely understand the dialog; there were continuous bleeps throughout every conversation which means, I guess, that words were being said that are unsuitable for television.

During the President of the United States' state of the union address a member of Congress stood up and yelled 'You lie'.

Have decades of political correctness caused people to go haywire? Is this a grass roots movement of backlash or just bad behavior? It troubles me that people can no longer be civil with each other, they can't agree to disagree without name calling. This is especially evident on the internet where bad manners runs rampant. If you dare to disagree with someone you are verbally attacked, called a 'hater'.

The great thing about this country is our freedom of speech, guaranteed to us by the first amendment to the Constitution of the US. That freedom extends to pretty much anything an individual might want to say. However there is one caveat; you cannot use your freedom of speech to incite or inflame others. In other words, you can't yell 'Fire' in a crowded room if there is no fire. Politicians, celebu-wants and others have done this and it astounds me. People scream about wanting 'their country back'. Who took it away? I want civility back.

2 comments:

jutka said...

I agree with you Robyn 100 percent. People either ignorant or rude, hardly anybody is civil and kind anymore. It's not just me getting old....

rilera said...

Hi Jutka, I avoid those toxic situations and people as much as possible.

It's nice to hear from you, I hope you are well and getting ready for autumn!