We Are Better Than This!

I was caught off guard the other day by a Facebook post adamantly stating that an incident had occurred at school and nothing had been done about it.  An investigation found there was never a complaint filed, there were no witnesses that could verify the occurrence, in fact everyone contacted about it seemed very perplexed about any such issue having happened.  I am puzzled.  Why do people make such public pronouncements about things they have not substantiated with evidence? I partially blame our infotainment obsession.  The reality media has blurred the line between what is real and what is simply entertainment.  Public attacks on others is the norm.  Our politicians do it, the media does it, AND we do it to each other.  It seems as though we have become polarized over such small differences, like the name of our political party, that we forget we have so much more in common than we have differences.  The lure of “likes”, “retweets”, and sympathetic comments have pushed people to believe in a false sense of security and popularity where the most outlandish statement, true or not, garners self esteem boosting notoriety despite negative affect it may have on someone or group.  The adults have to set a better example!  The children are always watching us and WILL imitate our behavior!  As we watch the horrible calamity unfold in Texas, please realize we all have blue blood flowing through our veins and our tears are all the same.  Observe the amazing capacity we humans have to show compassion towards each other in times of need.  We need to capture this spirit and make it a part of our everyday lives.   WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!

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