I’m not the first senior citizen to write something like, “the world’s going to hell in a handbasket.” I’m not sure I believe that, but lately I’ve become overwhelmed by the rudeness permeating our daily lives.
That rudeness takes its form in many ways, such as shoving your shopping basket into the flower bed or between two cars other than your own because you’re too lazy to put the cart back where it belongs. It’s even worse at Home Depot, where the carts you have to get out and move are heavier.
It can be a reality TV show wherein two inebriated adult women hurl insults at one another for no valid reason other than this stuff sells on TV. It is the music videos that degrade women who appear nothing more than trophies to the men in those three-minute dance-and-song soft-porn pieces.
As I went around the channels trying to find something to watch on television, I encountered some cartoon show (it might have been “The Simpsons”) where rudeness and disrespect ran rampant.
I’m growing tired of the swearing on television and especially so in the movies. Bleeping out the expletives doesn’t lessen their deleterious impact on us — especially the children. Now PG-rated movies can and do include foul language.
Rudeness has even found its way into politics. Candidates are rude to one another as the slugfest to the presidency heats up.
And if Donald Trump should win the presidency, he will best be dubbed “commander-in-rude” by a great many people. American journalists, already on the defense for reporting the news, will be officially ostracized to a degree never seen before now.
I’ve encountered schoolyard bullies like Trump my entire life.
What is most troubling to me now — and I can’t seem to get my mind around this — is how many Americans are rallying behind this man. Just like many of them, I’m upset with how things are going (or not going) in Washington, D.C., But this bully won’t be able to turn it around. He’ll only fuel it.
That is what has me so upset.
Lon Allan’s column is special to The Tribune. He has lived in Atascadero for nearly five decades. Reach Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org.