Good Morning from Northern Ireland. That’s how I always start my day on Twitter so I thought I’d transfer the sentiment to the blogging world. I hope everyone is safe and well wherever you are today. I often ask people where they are and how they are spending their day. It’s amazing to read the responses, from all over the world. One of the many great benefits of social media.
I always try to focus on the positive aspects as the other side of the coin is much less edifying. There’s so much hatred and bile out there at the minute. I think COVID has polarised society. We’ve seen so much good, yet it has also brought out the very worst in people. I’ve read tweets and posts that have made my jaw hit the floor. The anger, ignorance, and stupidity are staggering. It makes me worry for our world.
Northern Ireland is no exception. Tensions are always heightened at this time of year as we enter the traditional marching season. It’s been a scaled-down event this year because of COVID. You don’t have to scratch too far below the surface, however, to see old grudges and bigoted beliefs surface. It’s not the older generation, either. Many young people are stumbling down the same blinkered path trod by their forefathers. Their traditional routes.
This may sound trite but I hope our children grow up in a more tolerant, accepting society. I have my doubts. There are some good people in government and many others seeking to impose a positive influence but there’s an uncaring, swaggering nastiness at the top of the tree. The hypocrisy is staggering at times as they lie and dismiss reasonable, sensible arguments and avoid constructive discussion. They are being found out day after day but appear to be beyond reproach.
How is it in your part of the world?