I’ve often said that we all could use a little more kindness in the world. I’m thinking these days we need a lot more shame.
Like you, I’ve listened endlessly to the Penn State/Sandusky fiasco. I watched Sandusky being interviewed, I saw him smile, shrug, laugh and not look directly at the camera. Where is the shame? Giving him the benefit of the doubt, if he didn’t do it, why isn’t he ashamed to be associated with something so horrific?
I watched as Blagojevich spoke to the press today and finally render an apology. This man’s arrogance led him to betray his constituents, family, state and his country. Where is his shame?
The times when I tuned into the Casey Anthony trial, I never once saw a woman who was grieved that her child was dead, let alone any shame that she might be associated with the death.
In watching our politicians Arnold, Weiner, Cain, (this list could go on forever) I never witnessed any remorse or shame for the disgrace they brought to their family and to the country. They didn’t say it and they didn’t show it. Chances are good they didn’t feel it.
And speaking of politicians (not my favorite subject), how can they knowingly broadcast soundbites from their opponents knowing that they are distorted but hoping that the general public is stupid enough to buy their snipits of information? Our forefathers would be pointing muskets at these morons. It’s all so disgusting and I think they should all be ashamed of themselves.
America is an amazing country. People from all over the world strive to get here so they can have a better life. Americans come in all different colors and classes. How can our government forget about the middle and lower class citizens when they try to push and pass their legislations? Instead, our Congress, Senate and House bluster and take us into further ruin. What happened to fairness? Where is their shame?
There is a distinct disconnect in so many people these days that it’s scary. What happened to the idea that when you do something wrong, bad or immoral you say you’re sorry? Are sincere apologies really that hard to make? Geez!
When FaceBook was going through the infiltration of porn and violence, I saw a picture of two young Hispanic men holding a puppy hanging from a rope. They killed it and were pictured laughing and flipping their middle finger to the camera. I later learned that they made a video of the hanging and posted it on YouTube. Don’t you have to wonder what happens to a person that they think that kind of stuff is okay? It sickened me and I can’t seem to get the image out of my head. How could you not be ashamed of that?
I have a life-long friend who recently cheated me out of a good deal of money, something that affected my livelihood and financial security. I would have been happy to talk it over with him, to have an honest face to face sit down. He wouldn’t even pick up the phone. It’s hard for me to fathom that after 40 plus years of enduring friendship, this man has absolutely no shame.
If you ask me (and I know you didn’t), the world needs more accountability, more culpability and a hell of lot more shame. Shame is highly under rated. It’s been my experience that when you carry shame on your shoulders you have remorse in your heart. The road to healing is paved with remorse.
I’m not quite sure what to do about it. It strikes me that maybe we all need a mother pointing her finger in our face chanting “shame on you, go to your room and come out when you’ve thought about what you’ve done and are ready to apologize”.
Where is mom when you need her?