This attitude was displayed last night on a Facebook post. A friend of mine had posted a picture of Martin Luther King commemorating his birthday. This innocent act by her is what made someone decide to rant to her. I rarely get involved in debates on Facebook, but this one struck a chord in me and I had to say something.
This person was claiming that major moments in our past history should not keep being brought up. He was referring to things like slavery, Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, etc. They were not relevant to him, for he wasn’t around for them. He was not responsible for them, he said. They are not his problem and he makes no apologies for the atrocities that happened. He did admit that they were horrible things, but irrelevant to him and he gets tired of hearing about them. That attitude just stirred something inside me that couldn’t stay quiet.
As I was replying back to him, I couldn’t help but think how this attitude explains a lot of the world’s problems today! If it isn’t something that personally affects me, it doesn’t matter! I don’t have time to be bothered with other things. This belief is so wrong!
It is not all about you is what I want to scream at some people. The problem is even if I do scream that, they don’t really hear. They don’t get it! That was made obvious by his response back to me. I didn’t bother to reply back again.I had expressed my viewpoint, no more needed to be said. I am not one that loves to debate. A exception to that rule is if you are talking about a humorous, battle of wits debate. Those debates I have more chance of winning and yes they are more fun.
What would you have said to him? Do you think events like slavery and the Holocaust should continue to be taught in schools? I will tell you how I responded, but first am interested in what you would say. Do you agree that this attitude explains a lot of this world’s problems? Maybe you take a different stance on what he said, if so please feel free to share that as well. Your opinion is important