I’ve been noticing a trend on Facebook and Twitter recently. People and pages will post status updates and the world responds accordingly… but… On the posts that are rather innocuous or even lovely, sweet and charming the responses are completely catabolic… unhealthy or negative. I know that this is nothing new but it does seem to be escalating. I am, to this day baffled at those who chose the catabolic response versus the anabolic or healthy response. We choose or thoughts, reactions and feelings. For example.: There was a picture of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sitting in a restaurant looking very loving and the caption was a conversation to exemplify a healthy marriage and the world started ripping apart the President. No matter how one feels about our President the sentiment in the picture was really beautiful. So my question is this Why does most of the world gravitate towards the negative when we know we can choose another way? Why do people find it easier to be destructive with their comments then compassionate. It’s just not nice! What we feel as a society that is ok to say to another has always flummoxed me.
Are we bombarded by this catabolic “stuff”, yes. But do we have to choose it? No. Compassion is the truly only way. When we are confronted by this toxic behavior it is our job to remind ourselves to be as compassionate as possible. I just keep thinking that if one is as hard as they are on others… How hard must they be on themselves…. I keep thinking about that age-old adage… “When you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”
Sending Love and ease out to you all!
People are nasty because it is easier for them. Saying something harsh and unkind takes no imagination or effort, so lazy people resort to what’s easiest. No imagination + lazy = jerky people.
Thank you Sandra O’Day for your astute equation!
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