Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Things like”pro decency”, “pro diversity”, and “pro kindness” come to mind. I personally believe that the folks complaining about Meryl Streep’s speech last night at the Golden Globes should sit down and think carefully. She wasn’t talking about politics, she was talking about decency. Unfortunately, being “pro decency”, “pro diversity”, and “pro kindness” makes you anti-everything these days.
The truth in ones character is shown by the way they treat those who are weaker in strength and have no voice. People need to remember they can’t take the things they said back. History has been recorded through several means of media and their acts will haunt them for the rest of their life.
The question I ask myself is: how can I, or we, fight the insanity that has already begun– and will soon accelerate out of control. Government is the people that need to be served by working effectively when working properly. Anyone who cant even use self-discipline on a simple Twitter account sure isn’t going to be able to handle the really big issues. So all I can add is that my word for the day is: “empathy”! A forgotten word it seems, as I was raised to believe respect was earned by the actions of another.
Last evening Meryl Streep never mentioned politics in her speech-she never mentioned names. She talked about doing what is right, she talked about how the most important job in our country should be led by a grown up with decency, humanity and compassion. You may think ‘staying above the fray’ of politics and not participating makes you cleaner than most. It doesn’t. It makes you complicit. You may not take an interest in politics, but rest assured, it takes an interest in you.
And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.” Meryl Streep
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