Respect, is it starting to fade in society?
There’s so many issues in society today where the debate is fierce between sides. Some examples include Abortion, the economy, gay marriage and rights, taxation policies. These in addition to daily things in our lives show just how complex of a world we live in now. Almost everything has turned into a debate and I believe with the arrival of social media and the ease of using the Internet to gather information, everyone can get their information and sometimes misinformation easier than ever. One of the unfortunate side effects of having this great technology is that while it is easy to get information it is also easy to spread information and opinions. One of the prime examples of this can be seen in Yahoo! comments on any of their articles. The amount of respect that is given in these sites is very low. This is the subject of my blog post today.
There are articles that are written by a writer named Chris Chase on Yahoo! Many people do not like his articles because they often are confusing to follow and are sometimes misleading because they communicate something that the title did not imply. While this is certainly a valid concern and might be a reason for stopping yourself from reading one of his articles, the amount of pure hate and disdain for him is apparent in the comments. People are putting very hateful comments towards this one person who’s job it is to put out content for us to read. I have a big problem with this because of a few reasons.
1. Everyone has their own opinion. We have to respect everyone’s opinion in this world to get along as people.
2. You chose to read the article. At the top of the article it usually has the author name. If you don’t like the author don’t read it.
3. Being able to leave a comment without mentioning your real name puts a level of cowardice in people. It’s easy to hide behind a screen and just put hateful comments out there with no real repercussions.
Especially with the first point, I think we as a society need to check ourselves with the new technology we have. It is so easy to put your opinion out there no matter what it is and it is just as easy to refute other people’s opinions. Everyone has something valuable to say. No matter if it’s misguided, there are lessons to be learned. Perhaps others can calmly change a person’s opinions around with facts that back it up. There’s no way that you would change another person’s opinion if you call them names or tell them they are a noob or what not.
With the second point, you choose to read what you want to read on the Internet. If you don’t like an author, don’t read it. Contributing to the hate whenever you read one of the articles and go straight to the comments section is unproductive. How are these comments you make going to change the world? Instead, get that out of your life if it is a negative factor. We already have too much to deal with, another article from someone we don’t like isn’t going to better our day.
It’s not only Internet articles where respect is really fading. Another big topic in today’s society is gay marriage. Chick-Fil-A is a company that decided to state their stance on it. There is a big backlash from society and people are condemning Chick-Fil-A because of what it stands for. The last time I checked, everyone is entitiled to their opinions and what they believe in. Companies are the same way, especially private companies. They should be able to take a stance on something without such backlash. Like in the previous example, we’re supposed to be able to respect each other’s opinions. If you don’t like the opinion, just simply don’t go to Chick-Fil-A. There is no need to spread hate on Facebook or any other social media site about it. Seriously all of the chatter and the arguing back and forth and yells of intolerance does not help society.
Society exists because of all the different opinions that people had. It used to be that arguments or debates were important and facts were delicately researched and presented for major arguments. Now with technology how it is, it just seems like that aspect of an argument has gone away. Most people won’t accept other arguments even with facts. I think that’s wrong. I think we should be respectful and listen to other people when they argue, especially when they have a different opinion than us. Even if their argument doesn’t sway you, you might learn some valuable lessons in the process.
I know that an article like this doesn’t do much to help society as a whole but I am hoping that it at least opens the eyes for some individuals who come across it. I think we need to bring respect back into everything that we do. I think we need to stop putting hateful comments and continuing a different form social superiority. Open up your mind to everyone’s ideas and learn why people think the way that they do. Listen to your fellow man in order to strengthen your own ideals and why you believe in what you what you do. It is healthy to argue and debate but only when it is done with the utmost respect.