Letter: Say good-bye to civil discourse

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Editor of the Reformer:



Well, here it is two weeks later after the shootings in Texas with 26 dead including a fetus and its mother. My reaction has been rather strange. It is as if I have wrapped Teflon around my body, my soul and my humanity. My reaction has been, "Oh, that's too bad. What's playing at the movies tonight?" There have been so many of these shootings and mass murders that I no longer have a humane and caring reaction to these events. They just roll over me and I am left with little feeling for the event. There has been such a bombardment of my senses and my emotions I have been desensitized to the tragedies. I remember Sandy Hook School shooting when I felt true sadness and despair for the community, families and the children killed that day.

What has happened to me since then? It may be a survival strategy to maintain my sanity. But I think it is more than that. I think there has been a coarsening and uncivilized aberration that is occurring in our society as a whole. It spreads from our president down to kids talking dirty in the locker rooms of a high school. Nothing seems to be left of courtesy or civil discourse.

It is now who can be the best name caller on Twitter or our news services. Who can demean their enemy the most. Who can disrupt society from its civilized course; be it a gunman in Texas or a government official in Washington. All of this and more has deadened me to the real tragedies going on around me. What am I going to do about my numb feelings? I don't know. But I am not going to stop looking for ways to regain my humanity and caring for my fellow humans.

Betty Armstrong,

Putney, Nov. 14


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