There are many times during the day when I shake my head at humanity. There are many times when I throw my arms up in disgust and swear that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. But today?? Today took the cake.
It is official.
After today, I will no longer allow myself to read the news or the comments that "people" make on the said articles. (Someone remind me of this when I go on my next rant - because, seriously? I have no self control and as early as tomorrow morning I'll be back to reading the news/comments. What can I say? I know myself too well.)
This morning I was reading about the tragic murders of the American couples by pirates. The article was more focused on the lives of the people murdered. That is key here. It was about the lives of the people murdered.
The comments were what incensed me to no end.
As of this morning, over one thousand comments. And the majority of them stated, in one way or another, that these people were "asking for it." That they "shouldn't have been there." Nearly every single one had a misspelling in it as well. And every single one was hiding behind a screen name.
Where in the hell is the compassion? These people - no matter what - did NOT deserve to be murdered. PERIOD. No one "deserves" to be murdered.
I was taught "if you can't say something nice; don't say anything at all." Well, apparently the anonymity that the Internet offers lets people give in to the temptation to say the ugliest things. I have been lucky. I haven't (knock on wood) yet been hit by people like this. And you can bet, if I do, they will be deleted and blocked. No, you don't have to agree with me to be published - but there is a thing called respect and a lack of respect does not fly here. Ever. And unfortunately, in this day and age, respect seems to have fallen by the wayside.
I have to wonder how many of these commenters would have actually said some of the nasty things they said if they had to reveal their real names?
The kicker? All the misspellings. I realize that misspellings are a pet peeve of mine. But really? If you are going to display your hateful vitriolic heart to the world - then take the time to run spell check. Because otherwise; you are showing your ignorance two-fold.
I would link to the article - despite the eternal shame that I have in my fellow man right now - just to give this post credence but I can't find it - so you will just have to trust me on this one. And despite, Man-Child's misgivings, I'll have you know I would be a kind dictator - should you decide that I'd be the perfect one to be in charge of the world.