Play­ground taunts help no one

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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