The single greatest thing Mr Trump and his supporters have done for this country has been to lower the standards of polite discourse and discussion.
The immediate reaction, it seems, of any criticism or disagreement, no matter how gently given, is to immediately denigrate the commenter, then provide reasons why they are so “stupid” “juvenile” “ill-informed”, or the subject is “clear to anyone with half a brain” or whatever unkind remark they can make. It is designed to put the person in “his or her place”…usually beneath the one reacting.
The discourse has changed from the subject matter to the person making the remark.
Somehow, we need to find common ground with those people with whom we disagree.
I find myself not commenting on posts or articles; frankly because I do not wish to read the vitriol that will inevitably ensue.
I used to find discussion a wonderful means of learning about people with different experiences than I. But over the past year I have found myself engaging rarely with new people. And when I do engage, fully 1/2 of the time their response is not only negative but inflammatory.
I am so tired of it.
This blog has been such a blessing to me, as I have gained friends, gained in education, gained in self esteem, gained in my writing. Yet, more and more, the interactions with others here are becoming argumentative, degrading and dehumanizing.
Maybe that is how it is all justified. If I can make someone LESS human, I can say whatever I want.
I reject that thought fully! I just wish everyone rejected that thought.