The prevailing winds of kindness

Passion is overrated. Especially when it comes at the price of decorum. People who violate these accepted rules of civilization drop us a bit further in the tank of reverse evolution.
Who do Joe Wilson and Kanye West think they are?
It’s this kind of irresponsibility on the part of society that produces a jerk  like Bobby Knight.
I’m sure there are other examples, but if Knight had been stomped on early in his career, he might have received the message that society is not going to put up with that kind of crap. The examples of Knight’s humongous disregard for decency as well as the university are the stuff of legend. But alas, he is revered for his great coaching abilities. Being a jerk  was overlooked most of his career. The lack of repercussions created a jerk who would sit and drop cuss words in any situation. He got a complex when he realized that the rules did not apply to him. He could do whatever he wanted and there would be a a large group of fans that would always love him.
His coaching abilities and the support he offered his players was legendary, but, in my opinion, they don’t take precedence over misogynistic comments about rape or kicking players repeatedly. Throwing a chair across the basketball floor may have been a result of a flash of anger and in some measure may have been a rallying cry for his team, but his antics continued to go unchecked and got to the point where he couldn’t be reined in.
Voters who continue to support Joe Wilson after his outburst will encourage more lawmakers to attempt the same behavior. The disrespect shown was unbelievable. Despite any views on health care or immigrant reform, the floor belonged to the President. None of Barack Obama’s ideas warrant the lack of respect for the office of President of the United States.
Kanye West will still continue to be a genius who will sell many records despite being a colossal jerk. Any mea culpas aside, he was wrong and needs to pay for his behavior.
Where does it end?
I know I’ve written about it before, but it is a little mantra that I like to repeat to myself, “When all else fails; kindness will prevail.”
I’m not sure where I heard that or read it. I don’t claim authorship. Nevertheless, its message rings truer than ever in these difficult times. Kindness is a currency that we can all understand. Being outrageous is becoming the norm and needs to be squelched before we lose all control.

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2 comments

  1. Joe Wilson spoke from passion. Kanye spoke from drunkeness. There are tee-shirts now that say “You Lie!” I don’t wear one, but those words are seared into my brain. They reflect the measure of frustration with an executive who still is in (and I hate to be trite) campaign mode. It’s a measure of what people like me and many, many, even most of my friends are feeling–that our ideas, our voices, our votes mean nothing.

  2. Susan,
    I don’t believe there are mitigating circumstances for this kind of rudeness. What observer isn’t frustrated by politics and our government? Nothing has changed from the days the pacifists wanted to strangle George W. Bush.

    I get frustrated by idiot drivers who are talking on their cell phones and ignoring the green light in front of them, but if I rear end them, I get the bill (and the ticket).

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