I’ve seen a disturbing trend in things reported through social media and other outlets. More people seem to be amused by the misfortune of others. You might argue that the shenanigans are simply getting more press these days, and maybe that’s true. Bullying and violence against the innocent for “fun” have been around for a long time. These days, though, there’s usually some nut catching it all on camera to make sure it goes viral.
You get kids walking up to complete strangers and smacking the tar out of them “just for fun.” Some people have landed in the hospital or worse as a result. Recently, a group of guys did their own disgusting version of the ice bucket challenge with an autistic fellow as their target. One of my social media friends recently commented that a member of his family makes fun of him for grieving the death of someone special in his life. And politics? Wow. I see much virtual laughing and finger-pointing when something goes awry.
I’m not talking about rejoicing in justice done. There’s a difference between seeing a criminal brought to justice and finding amusement in his execution.
What became of compassion? Or doing to others as we wish others to do to us?
It still exists. Occasionally, there are reports of situations like Drew Carey offering a reward for the arrest of those responsible for the despicable “ice bucket challenge” prank, or a Texas police officer helping out a homeless man, or Sir Patrick Stewart meeting with a young girl for Make-a-Wish.
The compassion is out there, and maybe that needs to start getting more press than the other.