A country, like a person, is a complex entity. Defining either one definitively is impossible because both humans and nations are in a constant state of becoming. In our often polarized world, it’s important to remember that words, too, cannot completely encapsulate the subtle intricacies of a human or a nation.
Yet we must try to define ourselves, our values, and our dreams, as individuals. We must legislate and govern as best we can, as a nation. An informed, engaged citizenry is essential to a healthy, functioning government—of the people, for the people, by the people.
It’s clear, however, that…
Bullying has become so prevalent in our culture it’s almost impossible to escape on social media. It’s one of Trump’s most conspicuous tactics but it’s probably been happening for millennia, just largely out of sight (thanks, internet).
The bully’s sly hissing seems to be slithering, more and more, into print and video journalism. Its destructive off-gassing seeps out of cracks in the sacred ground of friendship and family.
We have become a nation of bullies.
“Oh no, not me,” you may be saying…but hold on. How quickly do you jump into a social media debate to quash an opposing perspective…