I was just watching an episode of “Leave It to Beaver” when it struck me how much we’ve changed in 60 years. When people met one another in those days, it was “How do you do?” as if anyone really cared how you were doing but they asked anyway. If you were troubled and in tough times, people were happy to hear it though they’d never admit it. Misery has always loved company—then and now.
Human nature hasn’t changed much in nearly 60 years. However, human conditioning and how we respond to situations has. We’re not as kind and thoughtful as we were when Wally and the Beav’ were growing up on television. Punching out a flight crew member was unheard of. Violent outbursts in supermarkets where people got hurt just didn’t happen. Talking back to a police officer…are you kidding? Ambushing the elderly on the sidewalk for their groceries got you disciplined—it was just bad karma and never tolerated.
So, what has happened that we’re so furious with one another?
America has always been compelled to dissect itself. When there’s a troubling news story from anywhere across the land, we pick it to pieces. We want to know what could have been done to prevent it. And honestly, we like bad news—when it happens to others. It makes us feel better about our own lives.
Bad news also makes us angry.
I’ve never seen the political environment any more toxic than it is now. Political confrontations turn into fist fights, shootings, riots, and other forms of incivility. Left versus Right. White versus anyone who isn’t. Christians versus the Jewish faith or any religion that isn’t. Vaxers versus Non-Vaxers. Mask versus no mask. Crazy conspiracy theorists versus normal logical thinkers.
By nature, humans want things to be better. We all want a better quality of life. We want leadership genuinely interested in a better America. Leadership that will unify the nation. That’s not what we have now on either side of the aisle. It doesn’t matter which way you lean politically, leadership in government gets a failing grade. There’s no oversight where there needs to be oversight, and too much oversight where there doesn’t need to be any.
Corruption in government has never been worse. The intent is to divide and conquer strips us of our freedoms. And television? Purely more and more ways to get into your pocket and deliver less and less. Commercial interruption has become the biggest insult. The media doesn’t even demonstrate a tasteful way to segue into the endless stream of really awful commercials.
If I wasn’t paying for television, I wouldn’t care. However, I am paying for it—and it angers me. I can walk away from the TV to a lengthy bathroom break or a snack. Fifteen minutes later, there’s yet another pharmaceutical lifestyle commercial with happy people enjoying hot air balloons or playing cards.
Television isn’t about you the viewer—it is about keeping stockholders and fat cat network executives happy and profitable. They’re happy to give it to you—and without a kiss. Think about this the next time you’re watching another stale commercial for Eliquis or Liberty Mutual. Does anyone really understand Liberty’s message? I don’t… They’re all making billions—at our expense. I know wise people who’ve sworn off television. They don’t even own one anymore.
America has become more and more oppressive over time and people are angrier. The vaccine/mask debate is one large issue. Those who invite protection and those who refuse. A science issue—disease prevention—became political and long on conspiracy with abundant misinformation. Those who insist on the vaccine and masks are angry at those who refuse. Those who see vaccines and masks as a threat to their freedom makes them angry. It is a deep divide.
Common sense versus none.
Anger has become worse in post-2008. People lost their homes and their careers with the crash in 2008. Many are living on the street. Life is generally more unsafe with mass shootings and domestic terror in a place where people used to feel safe.
Anxiety – and anger – are high.
Good paying jobs and careers have given way to service wage nothing jobs. The quality of life in many communities has deteriorated due to uncontrolled immigration and bank-owned investment property. People have become like caged rats. They’ve become frustrated, mean, and angry.
Anger is high because things aren’t getting any better. Failed leadership is why things aren’t getting any better. We have elected “leaders” interested in but one thing—themselves. Oh sure, there are good solid people in government who care and who want it better for Americans. And then – there are self-absorbed politicians who are only out only for themselves.
They will never put America first.
As long as we have government that perceives it is accountable to no one, you will have out of control corruption and the masses will be angry. People are uptight—fearful—of politicians they cannot trust. The only power you have is to run for office yourself and change the world—and casting your vote.
Let no one take away your right to vote.
Better leadership and a better quality of life with opportunity for everyone will cool the anger. You can count on it.