Who are we? That’s a cultural question we absolutely must ask — and answer. On Friday, I published two op-eds that looked at this very issue.
So many Americans are passionate about social and political issues, yet too many of us forget our common humanity while discussing and debating those issues.
We know and have seen the warnings about “a house divided,” yet here we are, relishing in the disturbing splinters that threaten to harm us.
First, there’s the disturbing reaction to Billy Graham’s death:
Among the massive reaction, two tweets penned by Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca seemed to summarize all that is wrong with our collective dialogue, and with the soul-crushing quest for online fame.
“The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time,” Duca tweeted. “Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch.”
She followed that message up with another unapologetic proclamation about the beloved evangelist: “‘Respecting the dead’ only applies to people who weren’t evil pieces of s**t while they were living, thanks.”
And it doesn’t end there.
There’s also a fair bit of chaos going on surrounding the cop who didn’t engage the shooter during the recent Florida massacre.
People are hurt and angry, but where is our restraint? Where is or compassion? The questions don’t end there.
Who are we? What do we stand for? It is time we pause and figure that out. Just some random Saturday morning thoughts.