I am only just now realizing the extent of the ugly world we live in. Ugly, as in filled with hatred, retaliation, selfishness and narrow mindedness.
Politics has become even dirtier, even more controlling. People are manipulated and don't seem to realize it. There are those who are not content to disagree, but have to disagree violently and hurtfully.
There was a time when the United States was, while not perfect, still in a time of innocense. Yes, government personas lied to us, but not wholesale. Yes, there were racial problems, but not brash calls for murder. Yes, there have always been those who call good evil and evil, good, but it has never been pushed down the throats of the citizenry the way it is now.
Should I have known? Yes. I should have seen it before now, but it's worse now than ever. Not only are anger, frustration and violence every day facts of life, we are becoming numb to crudity. That's putting it mildly, as they say.
Not long ago, we were asking, "Whatever happened to being polite?" That seems trite now. We have advanced long past the "not being polite" stage.
The "evolution" of a society, if you will.
Maybe it's due to our poisoned food and water or maybe it's due to a lack of real challenge or maybe it's because we have denied God in our daily public life.
Sure, we allowed prayer to be taken from schoools, but that's just a small part of it. Now, although it's supposedly not against the law, kids are kicked out of school for wearing symbols of Christianity. Papers that speak of Jesus get a failing grade. Professors speak brashly against Jesus. The Ten Commandments have been removed from many places.
And what have we got? Angry people chanting death to police, bombs blowing up homes and businesses, media lies and insinuations, the disappearance of journalism, a hacker's group trying to destroy a politician because they disagree with him, name calling from "professional" people.
Hate speech is okay as long as it's not directed toward gays, blacks or Muslims.
The hour is coming, world. You will cash in on everything you have said and done, bad or good. It's coming sooner than you think.