I don't understand where some people are coming from.... What ever happened to The Golden Rule? "A key element of the golden rule is that a person attempting to live by this rule treats all people, not just members of his or her in-group, with consideration". Humm, consideration? How long ago did this fall out of fashion?
"The golden rule has its roots in a wide range of world cultures, and is a standard which different cultures use to resolve conflicts; it was present in the philosophies of ancient Judaism, India, Greece, and China. Principal philosophers and religious figures have stated it in different ways, but its most common English phrasing is attributed to Jesus of Nazareth in the Biblical book of Luke: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The "Do unto others" wording first appeared in English in a Catholic Catechism around 1567, but certainly in the reprint of 1583."
Hate seems to be everywhere these days. Church members at each other throats over minutiae, doctrine overtaking the principles of religion. To me all of the main themes of every religion I have looked at say the same thing our mothers said to us. Don't hit, don't hurt, be nice to each other. (well not my mother, but you get the point)
Why is a personal view, now more important than societies view? If you could excise the rhetoric from any argument, presenting only the facts, cleanly and clearly, many good laws would be voted in, and many bad laws would be gone in a heart beat.
Laws that segregate our people, by color, by age, by sexual orientation, by ability, only breeds more dislike and distrust of the others.
Two of our sons were classified as 'gifted', their IQ's are in the high 160's. There is no money in many schools for enriching gifted children, it all is allocated for the 'special needs' children. More children classified as 'gifted' drop out of school, because of boredom, than any other classified group of children. And when we asked for some help for our terminally bored sons, the special needs parents attacked us with a vengeance! Rather than making it a priority to make each child's school experience the best possible, we are reduced to fighting each other for scraps.
Teen aged drivers have more accidents per mile driven than any other age group, mainly of the fender bender type. Ok, they are still learning, makes sense. Unfortunately, when they are involved in loss of life crashes, the lives taken are usually only their own, and their passengers. Each year more and more laws are enacted to restrict the driving rights of teens. This is mainly due to the fact they can not vote, and have no weight in our society.
However, while seniors have less accidents of the fender bender type, when they are involved in loss of life accidents, they kill more people that are not passengers in their car. Every time legislation comes up for a vote, to test the diving skills of these older drivers, it is voted down. Not enough lawmakers have the balls to anger their main voting block..
When did it become fashionable to be so very mean to each other? It is everywhere now. We seem to have lost the ability to be nice to each other. How many tv shows are watched eagerly each week, to see us treating each other negatively? Big Brother, Surviver, The Soup, The Dish, and web sites like, Perez Hilton, etc.....
And don't get me started about depriving LGBTQ people of their rights in regard to marriage, adoption, and serving openly in the military.....
It is time to bring back the civility in our society.
All quoted material is from this Wikipedia webpage.