I see this everywhere: on TV, on the road, especially in the media, both traditional and internet-based. It seems to me that people* are always looking for a reason to get upset, to be angry, to lash out.
e.g. Someone killed a kid in Missouri. We’re all hating each other, taking sides in a fight. A few are defending the reprehensible actions that occurred that night and have taken place in the days since. Why?
I can’t even begin to describe American politics. Nobody* can get anything done because they need their side to win, for some reason. Why?
On my lengthy drives to and from work every day, I see people* in traffic screaming and flipping each other off for perceived slights, most of which seem entirely unintentional. Why?
I once had a relationship with someone who would get angry at me for things I would write, but meant absolutely no offense. Why?
What is wrong with everyone*? Is this part of human nature? I don’t like it.
Why don’t we all just, instead of looking for an excuse be angry, try instead to be happy? There must be something out for everyone that can elicit a smile, right? Instead of bringing other people down, why not try to lift people up?
Don’t be a dick.
Don’t forget to be awesome.
*It’s obviously not everyone, but these behaviors appear to span a vast range of cultures, races, and classes.