Too Much Negativity
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
This really has nothing to do with weight loss, or the journey to health we are all on. It is, however, somewhat related to healthy living. It is about the negativity we are surrounded by in our world. I just read two articles in the Boston Globe. One was about a book on Abraham Lincoln that was taken out from the Library of Congress when John Kennedy was a Senator. It was among his pre-presidential belongings, and has just recently been discovered to be "very overdue" to the Library of Congress. The second article is about the grandson of a great Red Sox player named Carl Yastremski, and how this kid's dad passed away and how his grandfather is helping him work towards what may end up being a future in the major leagues.
Neither of these stories is really in any way controversial. They are basically human interest stories about a book taken out of the library by a former famous politician, and a famous grandfather trying to step in to help his fatherless grandson.
Man, if you could see the online comments in response to these stories. Is Teddy or Caroline going to pay the fine on the overdue book? What about people who get in real trouble because they don't return library books? If the kid's grandfather wasn't famous, would you be writing about him? What about the thousands of other kids with baseball talent you aren't writing about? What terrible journalism this is!
Plenty of people responded to these comments with the same "what's wrong with you people?" sentiment I'm expressing here, but as a window into our society, I have to say it's just downright sad that there are so many people out there who feel the need to spew the hatred... These were just plain mean comments, made by people who use pseudonyms and hide behind them. I wonder how many of these comments would be made if the people making them had to identify themselves?
I think this practice by newspapers of allowing people to comment online and so anonymously is just plain unhealthy for us as a society. I think it puts people in a state of mind that carries over into every day living. I mean, healthy discussion is one thing, but there's nothing healthy about this stuff..it's just plain mean. I'm very sensitive to the issue of free speech, but I think that free speech should be coupled with accountability. If you want to say something about someone, fine, but you should be held accountable for it, you shouldn't be allowed to say whatever you want without having to put your name to it.
It's just not right.
I just had to say it.