One of the many things that damage my calm is the “dit it too” response. It’s often coupled with “didn’t complain when”.
The reason it damages my calm is that it’s infinitely stupid as a defense of anything; it’s either an admission of guilt or an admission of lying. In either case, it’s an admission of always supporting your own regardless of the circumstances.
Meaning, each group sees a particular behavior as wrong only when “the other guys” are doing it. It’s akin to parents complaining about other kid’s behaviors while justifying their kids doing the same thing. So, it’s not that they can’t recognize bad behavior; it’s that they will never admit their spawn is something less than perfect. Or, that they did a bad job raising the piece of their DNA they set loose on the world. Or, that they can’t control said offspring.
That’s the charitable interpretation . . . the less-than-charitable interpretation is that neither they or their offspring are capable of recognizing bad behavior; meaning, they don’t see anything wrong because they themselves would do the same thing and — given the chance — will gladly do the same thing in the future.
The only reason anyone complains is that they wish they were the ones behaving badly.
That’s how I see the current state of society and by extension, the political arena and the two parties in particular.
It taints my world gray . . .
And now, the photo:
See what I mean? That used to have lots of colors.
Of course, it’s also possible we’ve gone down this road in increments and thus don’t recognize how far we’ve traveled. Perhaps it seems “normal” to so many that even mentioning something is wrong brings on incredulous responses.
Especially in the political arena — but spreading into the social arena — I look for any signs of any given group policing themselves.
It used to be people took care of cleaning up their own yard before complaining about their neighbor’s yards. Groups used to police their own behavior as a matter of pride and of principle.
Now, everyone is looking for the worst behavior they can point to as an excuse for doing the same thing. I’m looking for any sign that people are getting fed up, but so far all I see are people doubling down.
Here’s A Two-Dimensional Representation of “I Looked Everywhere But Couldn’t Find It”.
And . . . that’s it
Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.
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