Finally, I'm back in Ecuador after visiting family and friends.
On this recent trip North, I put the rose colored glasses aside.
There is a serious movement to “Stop Bullying”. Everywhere, people are
speaking out about the damage it does at home, school and in the work
When did a bully hurt your feelings? Be honest. It has happened to each of us sometime in life.
With this heightened awareness and concern, rights are being asserted, laws are being changed and anti- bullying education programs abound. Universally, bullying is declared bad; though, I think being a recipient is, in early childhood, part of learning to survive in an often unjust world. But, it hurts.
Meanwhile, there is a Presidential election campaign underway. No matter what you do or where you are, it is difficult, if not impossible, to escape. Turn on the TV, read a newspaper or online news site, and it dominates. What do we see?
We witness candidates, directly or indirectly, accusing each other of failure, distorting facts, telling lies and the bringing of all their resources, negatively, against those with whom they differ.
Why do they behave so brutally? Because it works, say the campaign managers.
Isn’t there something wrong with this picture of leadership?
Those of us of the Baby Boomer Generation grew up pursuing positive idealism, including the belief in fair play. Would John Wayne or the Cleavers, in the show Leave it to Beaver, ever have countenanced what we are seeing today? Naive, perhaps; but,it represented a striving to be the best we could be.
Whatever one’s political affiliation, each of us has a right and an obligation to help define the character of the society in which we live.
I encourage each of you to accept only the pursuit of truth and respect for others. To do otherwise would be to fail ourselves and future generations.
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