Reclaiming Civility

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Reclaiming Civility

The natation it would seem, if you judge us by social media, has lost its civility. The age of the garbage mouth is upon us. Words that in the 50’s would have been viewed as a social disgrace and gotten the utterer a bloody nose, are now used with such frequency in every form of media, that the bleeps generated are argued to be the cause of the increase in tinnitus. (Ringing in the ears)

We are all to blame here I remember when as a boy some friends and I were walking on a popular lake in Seattle when we decided to see who could emit the vilest of comments the loudest. A stream of profanities streamed out across the lake and then came the echo back “Hay Garbage mouths give it a rest”. We were silenced and ashamed of what we had done. Will anyone today rebuke another for such a transgression? Oh no! We would just laugh it off. Unless it was directed right at one of us, then the offended party might shoot the offender if he felt “disrespected”. It has only been about 50 years.

Discipline and civility, the corner stones of society have been denigrated and replaced with incivility, riotousness and debauchery. These things have gone so far mainstream that even the politicians of today celebrate the fools that plunder our streets. Did I say Fools? We are the fools for putting up with this behavior and the political pimps that pander to louts and thugs.

I’m as guilty as the next man. I laughed at Gorge Carlin’s Seven dirty words. I said the “F” word, as I point out in my book; A View from the Street / River City Policing; Coming out next year. It was all fun and games until you look back and take stalk of the effect on society.

How did this happen? Looking back I have to say “The Greatest Generation” let us down. 100 years of war robbed us of the will to discipline the nation’s youth. Too many of the best and bravest wasted. The necessity of this waist is debatable in as far as WW1 and Vietnam are concerned we were not attacked at home. The rest I believe are all worthwhile endeavors. They all cost us far too much and that cost can be levied in great account to our own complacency. I am of the belief that if you take care of small problems the big ones don’t have a chance to arise, but who is to say? Only God can predict the future.

As a nation we need to reclaim the lost civility. Reclaim the lost discipline in our public schools. Oust the anarchist professors from our colleges and put the nation’s youth back on the road to solving problems instead of creating them.

We should start with these Observations someone sent me

“1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries. “

Maybe if we concentrated on solving these problems we would not have time to go around chanting “Black lives matter, blue lives matter, and then calling for the killing innocent citizens in the name of justice. It’s time to remember that the last thing any of us wants is justice. What we all need is forgiveness.

S. Henry Knocker

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