Here I am, a long time since my last blog post.
I have been stewing on this thought for quite a while and today is the day to get it expressed.
We hear, seemingly nonstop, about the different generations, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z and so on. We could just as well refer to them as Gen “Pick A Letter”.
Regardless of all this, I seriously believe we have transitioned, en masse, into Gen “Finger Pointers”.
It seems that, irrespective of what transpires, it’s somebody else’s fault. Whether it be politics, a work situation, highway traffic, a social event, or any other happening. If it’s not perfect it’s always another person’s fault, never our own.
Immediately, the finger gets wagging and pointing, indicating it’s their fault and they damn well better make it right. Seldom any thought process, seldom any discussion, simply a directive, perhaps even an ultimatum.
We seem to have lost the ability to give, and receive, constructive critiques. Gone somewhere is the act of discussion, thought sharing, working together, and compromise.
Now, these things are not lost forever, and are even still utilized by a good number of people.
However, in a great many circumstances, individuals need to demonstrate how good, or worthy, they are by indicating how terrible, useless or ineffective are those who may disagree with them or have an opposing view. Kind of like road rage being displayed in so many diverse venues.
For instance, this thought process as it is displayed in politics becomes an exercise in pointing out how bad the opposition is and why you should not vote for them, rather than showing how good I am and why you should vote for me.
For business, it is, our competitors perform poorly, lead you astray and just take your money, rather than let us have the opportunity to work with you to help benefit and improve your productivity and sales.
Is there a cure for this malaise? Can it be overcome? What is needed?
Yes, and yes. An effort by all of us to refrain from the finger pointing, refrain from the often automatic negative approach.
Let each of us work together, for the benefit of all and the betterment of our communities.
It is seriously my hope that the pendulum will swing back and many aspects of life will become more civil.
What are your thoughts?