What's with the Negativity?

I thought maybe the election would put an end to everyone's tense mood, but it sure doesn't seem like it. I know it can be part of human nature to have a "glass half-empty" mentality. Still, I'm ready for a change. I know I might sound like a Pollyanna (after all, I'm the one who's always saying, "Really, the Chiefs could still salvage their season!"). First, the election. Some people can't seem to let it go. I see blog posts and letters to the editor saying if you voted for any Republican candidate, you're ignorant  and if you didn't vote for Barack Obama, you're somehow un-American. That all sounds a bit harsh. The great thing about this country is that we can disagree on candidates and policies, but once a decision is made, peacefully move forward. It doesn't mean blindly follow - we can still question and prod. But really - is all the name-calling necessary? Then there's the response some have had to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" visiting Chapman. I've seen allegations made about the chosen family; I've read they're undeserving because they hadn't lived in the area very long; I've heard it's horrible of ABC to build one family a home when so many others are in need. I prefer to see the positive side of the effort. Yes, one family will get the most help. Maybe it will convince that family to remain part of the community, when they might otherwise have decided to move away. Maybe the awareness the show creates of how much help is still needed created an influx of volunteers and donations to help the rest of the community. They're also building a community storm shelter, since so many aren't being allowed to rebuild with basements - that's something that will benefit everyone. Perhaps the arrival of the holiday season will convince people to stop the bashing. I see a difference between being constructive and just being a critic.

 

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