With more than two hundred and fifty million Americans in this Country it is interesting how we can feel the pain of others during disasters no matter where the disaster occurs. I find it all the more interesting as I read the vicious and vile comments people make toward and about each other, in the comment section, after they read stories on AOL.com or MSN.com. The attacks highlight why America is on the wrong path when trying to understand and curb the violence that takes place in this Country.
Civility is lost because many people do not have the talent to express their views in support of an issue. The name calling and slurs also abound on the internet because providers allow people to make comments without revealing who they are. People have the courage online to act in ways that would be severely challenged in a face to face context. People hide behind obscure screen names and flood the environment with all the nastiness they can muster.
We have such a high tolerance for violent speech it is no wonder we miss the signs of people who snap and commit extremely violent acts. In order to make the world a safer place maybe we should shun violent and hurtful speech as a start to that end. The speech sounds artful and witty in an insane cute way until it is directed at us. People give a virtual high-five to someone for giving the slap down to one poster only to have the purveyor of nastiness turn on them. We all lose when hateful and hurtful speech goes unchallenged. Take the leadership position and stop encouraging the personal attacks as a start. We all win we play nice together in the sand box. At least that is what we tell our children.