Why have a civilization if we’re no longer interested in being civilized?
The worst thing about people is our ego. Our inability to see past our insecurities, our reliance on material possessions, our obsession with our perceived and often made up image, can force us to commit acts that we never thought possible.
Since I’ve returned to the office space I am reminded about how terrible we can be to one another. The office is an impractical environment. It’s not healthy, and through necessity to eat we are confined to an uncreative and uninspiring location for eight hours a day with individuals of varying cognitive abilities.
I’ve written before about my observations on how terrible those in senior management roles behave. Too often in my life I have watched adults treat their fellow colleagues with disdain. What a person will do to protect their $70,000 a year job is appalling. I have been witness to cheating, lies, manipulation, vindictiveness, spitefulness, with all that venom exerted for a pay cheque.
Because we’re constantly striving for entertainment, we buy houses beyond our monetary means, that we then must furnish with things we really don’t need. Our jobs become so important to us because we fear without them, we won’t be able to afford the luxuries we’ve come to rely on as though they are comparable to breathing.
Trust me folks, it doesn’t matter how big your house is, what car you drive, or where you go on holiday that makes up your character. It’s how you treat those around you. I can’t say it enough. Protecting your materials with an aggressive attitude is reflective of a poor character. It’s amusing then how often I have seen my peers handle their problems through hollering, yelling, screaming and other child-like antics.
One only has to turn on the television to see the moral decay of our society. It seems that the more abhorrent you behave, the more attention you obtain. I don’t really know who is worse, the Kardashians, or the people who egg them on, congratulating their bad behaviour by condoning, and eventually emulating it.
Self-awareness and introspection are valuable skills that I’ve come to realize, many people simply don’t have. If the majority of our species thinks that the only way that they can be valuable is by achieving negative attention, then they’ve spent very little time getting to know themselves. It’s a real shame.
When someone is mean to us, wouldn’t be better than instead of reacting with anger, we simply killed them with kindness? At the end of the day that’s what’s missing most in our society: The simple act of just being nice.
Being mean-spirited and defensive exerts far too much energy.