Sometimes I fear for humanity.
Not because I think an asteroid is going to wipe us all out or that Skynet is actually coming to fruition (it is!) or that aliens are going to take over the planet or that a pandemic will kill 99% of us.
But because of the utter lack of ethics, humanity, and compassion that I see every single day. Maybe the end of humanity is just that – we will regress to some animal mentality without that part of the brain that causes us to care for others and will exist only to satiate our need for food, water, and reproduction.
And if that sounds extreme, you haven't been spending much time on the internet lately.
It seems that I can publish the most heart-wrenching thing and if it doesn't fall in line with somebody's political opinion, they can turn it around and say something that makes me doubt they even have a soul.
Or an atrocity is committed and if it's done by a particular group's political icon, it's perfectly okay. It's justifiable and they'll provide all sorts of reasons why it isn't really an atrocity.
But if that same atrocity is committed by "the other side" then suddenly it's on the cover of Time Magazine.
I've received emails asking me how I manage to keep my sense of optimism when I research and write about terrible things every day of the week. Well, here's the answer. It isn't those terrible events that get to me.
It's people's responses to those events that sometimes shock me to my core.
Generally speaking, the commentary here on my blog isn't excessively harsh. That's just not the community we've created here, thankfully. You, my dear friends, are wonderful people with big hearts and you make everything I do worthwhile.
And if you aren't one of those folks with big hearts, you are probably going to sincerely dislike my little rant of the day. There will likely be a surge in unsubscribes from people who think I've got a lot of nerve and I'm okay with that because this needs to be said:
BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING. DECENT HUMANS AREN'T HAPPY WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO OTHER HUMANS.
Sometimes when my work gets republished on other websites, the comments are a brutal, shocking glimpse at how some people think. People on social media LOVE to drop a nasty one-liner that provides me with solid evidence of what makes them tick. And what's worse, those people are often busy staking their claim on the moral high ground.