I wrote a blog post on my other, author, blog that seemed to resonate with friends and readers. And it got me thinking. Perhaps we need to start a NICENESS MOVEMENT.
I know, it seems silly, to those of us who take it for granted. But in light of recent, well-publicized rudeness/idiocy/bad behavior (take your pick among Joe Wilson, Kanye West and Serena Williams to name just a few), I feel like we need to stand up and be heard. Nicely, of course. Maybe even get some bracelets that say "just be nice" or somesuch.
So, are you with me? Want to help spread the word? Want to guest blog here with tales of good behavior? Tips for how to keep your cool? Suggestions for teaching responsibility? Accountability?
Call it The Golden Rule or karma or whatever you will, but I for one want to take our country back. To civility and courtesy. To rising above not sinking to the low. It's not red state or blue state, Democrat or Republican. It's simply doing what mama said.
Anybody care to join?
Thanks in advance.
p.s. Here's the post that got it all started:
My Mama Taught Me Better
What's going on in society these days? I mean really. Look at Kanye West and Joe Wilson (two names that have probably never been uttered in the same sentence before!).
When did rudeness become acceptable? Defensible? The status quo?
When did apologizing become a sign of weakness or backing down?
My mother taught me to be kind. Be responsible. And yes, to stand up for what I believe in but in a civilized manner. She taught me that the world doesn't revolve around me. I passed those lessons on to my sons. I said I was sorry . . . and I MEANT it when I said it . . . when I'd been unfair to them. Or even just short-tempered. I believe that being willing to apologize shows strength and compassion.
Rudeness is never acceptable. Even when I've been treated poorly, it's not okay. I don't want to stoop to the lowest common denominator. I want to rise above it.
Breaking rules is not okay. I learned this one many times, but the best reminder came when I was 16 and had gotten caught going off campus for lunch (something only seniors could do and I was a junior). Since I was the driver, I got three days detention. Since I wouldn't rat on who else was in the car with me they tacked on another two days (I felt sort of noble about that!). When I tried to defend myself to my mom (who wasn't buying any of my teenaged outrage, by the way) by exclaiming, loudly, that it was a stupid rule, she calmly replied that it might well be but I had two choices: obey it or work to change it. Breaking it was not okay. In honesty, I'd like to say I worked to change it, but no. I did get better at not getting caught (it was all in which parking lot I parked in, I discovered).
But, I digress.
Joe Wilson was out of line to yell "You lie!" during President Obama's speech. He could have groaned or booed. That's what the parties in opposition do. And now he's acting like not apologizing makes him more of a man. Uh, no. It makes him look weak and stubborn and ill-bred. His mama must be shaking her head.
And Kanye? Most of the folks nominated for any award DON'T win. That's the law of numbers. And just because you think the voters got it wrong, you don't get to hop up and announce your opinion to the world. You win some and you lose some. That's life. Deal with it without looking like a doofus. Or worse. What must your mama think?
What's happening? Do we need a MOM SQUAD or something to go from town to town and teach civility? Kindness? The Golden Rule?
Shouldn't it come naturally?