A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Whatever happened to Kindness of Strangers?
I don't get it!What
is the point of being mean just because you can?I don't condone, but at least I understand
theft, robbery, and many other deplorable actions where the perpetrator thinks
he or she is going to gain something by his/her action. But what is there to be gained from vandalism,
insulting strangers, random shootings, property destruction, hurting someone-you-never-met's
feelings, or other mean actions?
There has been a rash of churches vandalized recently.Just this weekend someone broke into a
Catholic Church in Magna, Utah.They
broke and destroyed valuable statues and art pieces pertinent not only to
people of that faith, but an important part of the valley's history.A short time ago the air conditioner was
stolen from a small, poor church.Several LDS Churches have had windows smashed and fires set inside
them.Fences and buildings are constant
targets of ugly graffiti, turning them into eyesores. Bottles and cans are
carelessly tossed onto lawns. Young trees are run over or snapped off. How can
anyone possibly benefit from this ugly destructiveness?
It's not just ill-mannered teenagers, but adults too, who
yell insults at strangers, including small children, from the safety of their
vehicles.Trolls grab onto every opportunity
to find fault and make insulting remarks every time a news story is posted on
the internet whether local or national.Ill-mannered people even post faux ratings and reviews of books, music,
or movies on public rating sites.Some
go so far as to make false accusations of a crime. What is wrong with people
who derive some kind of pleasure from causing emotional pain to strangers?
There's plenty of meanness in this world directed against or
between political groups, religions, cultures, races, gangs, and varying
philosophies.I've never noticed any of
these being resolved by name calling, violence, or destruction.Have we allowed hate and anger to become so
common that cowards now consider vandalism and anonymous attacks to be an
acceptable means of convincing themselves they're big and brave?
I recently read a string of hateful anti-religion remarks
following a news piece that actually had nothing to do with religion and the
words of a familiar song ran through my mind."God is not dead, Nor doth He sleep."We simply have far too many people who have
changed sides, switched their allegiance from God to Satan. Which is sad since
we already know who will ultimately win.It won't be the mean guys!