Playground taunts help no one
I am writing this letter in response to one in the Jan. 13 issue that made reference to the Trump victory in the general election (“We survived Obama and will fare better with Trump,” Mar yland Independent). That letter contained several childish and immature statements, such as “suck it up, buttercup” and “you should purchase a couple of boxes of Depends” that made it hard to believe that it was written by a grown man.
Unfortunately, if the name attached to the letter is correct, then this would indeed be the case. I am sorry to say that this kind of expression seems to be accepted as the new normal. You see it over and over, anytime people have the opportunity to engage in any type of written exchange on the various media platforms.
Is it too late, or too much to ask, that we consider taking a different approach in our exchanges with each other? Instead of tribalistic, my team/your team, how-low-can-we-go mindsets, why can’t we try to focus on the many areas where we have common cause? Is it still possible to trade in ideas, instead of insults?
Despite the fact that people are going to have differing opinions on issues, we all sink or swim together. We all share a planet that happens to be the only one that we know for sure will support life as we know it. Screw that up, and what’s your plan B? While you hear a lot about the “redistribution of wealth,” somehow the excessive concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people does not seem to be such a great idea, either. There are so many problems that require collaboration rather than confrontation if we are ever to have a chance to solve them.
Childish playground taunts won’t help us get there. Robert Ansell, La Plata