Today I pose another, why are some people so hateful and angry? I feel the trend amongst Conservatives is sadly one of hate and anger… be it about the carbon tax, environmental growth, caring for our ill, lesser-abled and our elderly… pretty much anything that is forward thinking and compassionate. By some people I’m referring to a section of our community (obviously not all Conservative voters) who are so hateful and so angry in everything they say and do. To make things even worse they don’t check their facts; they are prepared to quote all kinds of rumour and all manner of nonsense without even checking.
Last night at a forum Cllr Lucas stated that he wished the Greens (I guess all of us) were buried in a big hole although in this instance felt there wasn’t’ a hole deep enough. (Selling our assets for mining big holes is a topic for another time) Cllr Lucas also is angry at the Chinese; I’m certainly not sure why he singled them out but the disparaging comments and profanity certainly left no doubt. It strikes me that he is not alone in his outspoken anger albeit uninformed and often incorrect. Is the community itself guilty of not bothering to check, for relying on biased targeted media. Another individual sited all manner of incorrect information that was clearly a mix of everything he had heard, read or seen but together he fashioned one question/comment that made absolutely no sense, his comment covered numerous topics although clumped together in what he suggested was the carbon tax although much of it was unrelated, even to the carbon tax.
I’ve pondered this overnight and realised this morning that some time ago an independent nationwide survey was conducted into the sadness, depression of our community/country that encompassed us under the Howard regime and was endemic of a society oppressed by fear, hatefulness and sadness. Another more targeted study related to the inner Sydney Suburbs came to the same conclusion. Are we again under threat of this sad state of affairs, does not the Liberal Party and their negative advertising/media push this agenda? Do they know this and what is their purpose?
I’m the first one in for a debate, I acknowledge that all people will not agree on all things at all times, and that’s’ ok its actually great, debate is good; sharing of ideas, passions and a willingness to work towards a common goal are good things. But is this fear destroying who we are, as Australians we have been known for our friendliness, our sense of humour, our passion for life and our willingness to embrace all cultures equally, but now in the media, in blog sites, in advertising, we are being overcome by fear tactics, the sky is falling rhetoric, nastiness, hate mongering, aggressive and unreasonable behaviour, is it rubbing off on us and should we be actively aware and striving to avoid/ perhaps even overcome the negativity?
In my opinion (as is this whole blog) we have much to be grateful for, much to be proud of and a future worth looking after, for all of us, not just the rich, not just the poor but for everyone, we have much to share, should we work together to achieve this or is it all about the Me and Mine? I look forward to your comments. So over to you…