Thursday, 1 September 2016
I was waiting for some traffic lights to turn green today and when they did the guy in the car in front of me seemed to take ages to get his car moving. Without thinking about it I found myself swearing out loud and my hand poised above my car horn ready to blast out my annoyance. Thankfully I managed to get a grip of my emotions but I started to wonder when did I become so short fused?
It's not just me either, lots of people seem to walking around ready to blow up in an instant at any perceived slight from another person. Distrust and intolerance of other people actually seems to be fashionable right now.
Here in the UK we have voted to leave the European Union, the largest trade agreement in world history and we have voted to leave it. And it all seems to come from an attitude of 'We are better off on our own and don't need to co-operate with our neighbours'.
Donald Trump looks frighteningly close to becoming President of the most powerful country on Earth and his popularity comes from his pandering to peoples fears and hate. I saw one of his supporters on TV saying 'We need a strong leader, I'm tired of fair and reasonable'.
When did being fair and reasonable become a bad thing? I imagine that this person would soon change his tune if Trump was being unfair and unreasonable to him.
Meanwhile over in the Middle East fanatics seem to be in competition to see who can commit the most brutal and depraved acts upon their fellow humans.
I know that history is full of violence and hate but we need to remember that it is also full of decency and kindness as well. I don't mean to sound like a liberal but we need to take a step back and have a good look at ourselves. When I was about to start banging my car horn at the driver in front of me I suddenly imagined how my behaviour would look if my 5 year old niece was in the car with me. This threw cold water on my little temper tantrum.
We need to to remember that our children are watching and learning from us. So calm down.
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