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Friday, August 16, 2013

Aint we civilzed?

When the Chief Justice of the United States, on camera, turned during the State of the Union address and said "he doesn't know what he is talking about" it broke ceremonial rules. The court and the Joint Chiefs of staff historically sit stoic and silent during the speech. There is real possibility that due to the nature of the event an honest side comment may have violated the Judicial Code of Ethics.

In a previous address a Republican Representative shouted "you lie" to the president, loudly and very much on national and international television.

What is passed along as news involved pundits, experts, commentators twisting the meaning of what you just heard, or of events that are best left to your own interpretation, until the meaning changes or the message passed on meets their own agenda. Shouting, twisting, claiming the most camera time takes priority over events, reporting and balanced interpritation.

We think nothing of believing what we hear, see or read on the Internet from others instead of giving the benefit of a doubt or doing any balanced research as to what is fact and what is fiction.

We attack, find fault, and have no problem ruining the good name of others with lies, half truths and slanted opinions.

We deface the property of others, play our music so loud it disrupts the lives of our neighbors, and with increasing frequently use blasphemous or obscene language.

NPR Senior Correpondent Daniel Schorr calls it a "decline in civility."

Is society becoming uncivilized, rude, disrespectful and irreverant?

If so, why?

Is this good or bad?

How can we adapt to this change? Or reverse it?

Art Lynch

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