Tone It Down

** Note – this is a raw post, unedited, other than to correct spelling errors. It is emotionally driven, but it’s something I felt I had to post. Regular Brain Drops will resume tomorrow.  **

Tone down the rhetoric. After the horrific happenings this past weekend in Tuscon, that’s one phrase I keep hearing. But it should start at the top. When the politicians are so busy sniping at each other, finger pointing, and name calling, it’s no wonder the rest of society acts the way it does. The media doesn’t help either. They give attention to those that really shouldn’t get it, which emboldens those spouting hate and divisiveness even more. I am all for free speech, especially as a writer. But common sense and courtsey has to have a place too. This church that protests funerals – really? The people there are grieving, probably having one of the worst days of their lives, and you want to add to the misery by spewing your “free speech”. I can’t even think straight to write this right now. I’m thinking about making this a blog post, but then again, I wonder if it’s best to just keep it in my private files and not add fuel to the fire. It’s one of those things that frustrates me. I want to change the world, to make it better, but then I see things like this and it just makes me so frustrated and mad. How can we as a society accept this? Have we gotten so lazy, so apathetic, that we just accept it and live in our own little world with our blinders on. Thinking, maybe, this won’t affect me or happen to me, so I won’t do anything to change it. I’ll just go about my life and do my thing and not bother anyone else. It’s no wonder we are falling behind in so many areas. It’s no wonder we’re in debt up to our eyeballs. No one wants to take responsibiity. Maybe I should post this just the way it is, unedited, for all to see. Maybe that’s what we need, a wake up call. Maybe I think too much of myself to think that my one little blog post could be that wake up call. Then again, there is the concept of the butterfly effect – one action, leads to another, to another… I suppose I will sit on this a few days, hopefully the news will tone it down a bit. A comment from a friend on facebook “so much of this is motivated by our manic greediness” really is true also. I look at the “stories” the news is reporting and I wonder why is some of this considered news? Do we really need to know every detail of everyones lives? Can we not allow some areas to be private in the lives of the famous and the not famous people that somehow wind up on the news anyway.

I don’t have any easy answers. In fact I don’t know that I have any answers as all. But I do feel a little better now that I have gotten this out of my head.




  1. Thank you Michelle! You have hit on some points that I completely agree with. I have been thinking more along the government lines with this lately. I just can’t figure out what has gone wrong with society, and I know I am a part of it. I don’t know how we get back to the “right” place. I don’t know how to motivate the “masses” something has to be done. Where to start, the only place I know to is to do what I know is right, as small as that is it is all I know in my heart to do. Thanks for posting this it made me realize I’m not the only person in the world who is watching and going how did we get here?

  2. Thank you for commenting Dawn. I think if enough of us start doing whatever we can, maybe it will make a difference. It may not be easy to see now, but I hope it changes the future, especially for our kids, and theirs to come.

  3. great thoughts. we make choices to get ourselves indebt emotionally, spiritually, and physically and then wonder why life is not working. when the reaping part of the sowing comes about we are shocked at the out come. our society is messed up and getting worse fast. hard to see when the world will finally see it’s bankrupt in all areas and decide to change. it starts with people. we think everyone else should fix it and not deal with our own stuff. life says you don’t have to deal, just keep moving on. what will it take to get sober!?

  4. Thank you Tracee. You bring up some great points. I’m encouraged by the responses I’m getting, here and in other venues, that maybe people are starting to notice and are willing to change.

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