I don't know if it is the pressure of the times - and I hate even to say that because we aren't in war-time London dodging the Blitz - or if it can be explained by a simple decline in manners, but lately I've noticed some examples of rudeness from people who should know better.
These are usually nice people. That added to the shock.
I'd politely describe their conduct as extreme disagreement along with crude characterizations of positions and people. There's also the idea that no reasonable person could possibly disagree with their positions or perceive things differently.
Is there another common characteristic of these incidents? Yes. Rapid reactions.
I think all of us - and I include myself here - need to slow down our judgments and weigh our reactions.
Let's sleep on it.
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