I’ve been very contemplative about a lot of issues as of late. The one thing that I’ve noticed is that people on either side of any issue will have a knee jerk reaction causing things like name calling, immediate disregard for open and civil conversation, and creation of a sort of mob mentality (rallying those supporting their view to a cry for action against the “other”).
I’m struggling to understand why people become so hard-line in their beliefs, or why people can’t even fathom coming to some sort of resolution that benefits both parties in some way. We seem to be perfectly fine with open name calling and slanderous behaviour so long as it benefits our cause, but we teach our children that things like bullying is wrong. We teach them in church to love one another, yet in an online forum, we spread rumours and lies to tear down those we view as our opponents in things we are passionate about. We are quick to place blame on others, but never look within to ask “is it I?”.
I know that contention over various issues political and non political are more complex than just agreeing with the other side or trying to find a middle ground. I know I’m over generalizing things but it just seems that there is an overall lack of humanity or civility in an ever shrinking world.
I suppose it is the prophecy that “For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good”. I know that we are living in those times right now and whether you’re religious or not, I just wonder where we will end up if we continue down this road that we are travelling on…