ArLyne's Diamonds

A running commentary of ideas

Friday, November 28, 2014

Have we lost all perspective?

What ever happened to giving people the benefit of the doubt?  why are we so quick to assume fault and guilt?  Why do we shout, rage, break windows and vandalize stores because we disagree with the outcome of a situation?

I'm not just talking about Ferguson - although it is the latest example of a society gone nuts.  Everything about this case just feels wrong.

  • Did shooting until he died make sense - was it 16 shots?  
  • Why did the Prosecution choose a secret grand jury instead of a Preliminary Hearing?  In a Preliminary Hearing the press could have been there, there would have been opportunity for attorneys representing all sides make their case - and even if the outcome would have been the same, the vast majority of the public would have understood.  Instead, secrecy - leading everyone to think only some evidence was presented.
  • Why did the Prosecuting Attorney wait until nightfall to tell the results to the public?  Wouldn't early morning have assured a less volatile  reaction?
That's just Ferguson

What about the lack of common courtesy going in and out of elevators, doorways etc?  People don't hold doors open for each other, people don't wait so that someone can leave before barging in, people just don't seem to give a damn about each other.

How can people throw dogs out of the window - or beat them - dogs are gentle loving creatures that just want to give and receive affection.

Oh - and what about people who watch the entertainment on telethons and don't bother to pick up the phone and donate even a tiny amount?

What about simple misunderstandings - everything becomes a tempest in a teapot.... I wonder why?

We've become so highly sensitized to words and chastise each other at the drop of a hat.

We don't dress up for opera, symphony, theater - or even church - slop is our everyday uniform.

WHY?   Have we collectively lost self-esteem?

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