What’s with all the meanness and cruelty toward others that seems to make people happy??
So not getting it… are you?
We are bombarded with it on reality TV.
Seems the meaner they are, the higher the ratings.
Has our society become addicted to this kind of behavior?
Is it really so pleasurable to be self centered, mean, rude and crude?
While I don’t subject myself to watching this sort of behavior on TV,
the internet is just as bad. Even feel good stories contain many mean comments.
Is the goal to zap all goodness and happiness from the world?
It spills over to everyday life. On a trip to the grocery store,
we may encounter rude drivers, rude shoppers
and all too many times rude cashiers and store clerks.
Last week, we had to endure the rudeness of a doctor examining my elderly dad.
I know everyone has a bad day and it can come out when dealing with others. But why should it?
Has meanness become the “American way?”
Beneath the surface, there seems to be a smoldering resentment that has made us mean.
I don’t have the answer to the question of how do we promote goodness and kindness
over bullying and meanness other than it must be an individual choice.
We each must look ourselves in the mirror and ask are we guilty of spreading this
meanness poison in our world.
Meanness has always been around. It just seems to spread more quickly now because of the internet
and the social media.
The meanness and cruelty of the world was written about in the 1905 children’s novel
by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
In A Little Princess, Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student
at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary
for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies.
Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic,
Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant.
In the end, this resourceful girl’s fortunes changes again.
Sara showed she was a true little princess no matter what the condition of her physical world.
Her heart and spirit was that of royalty.
She chose to act like a kind,generous princess throughout her ordeal,
while others released their cruelty and meanness toward her.
My moral of the story….. We chose whether we will be a true princess or prince
or will be be a resentful and jealous Miss Minchin.
In the end who has the happy and beautiful life?