Opinion: I’ve seen some horrible examples of the way Australians treat each other in the past few years and it just seems to be getting worse.
When did Australians become so angry, and in many instances, cruel?
We used to be known as a laid-back, easygoing and likeable nationality but that seems to have vanished and we are all the poorer for it.
I’ve seen some horrible examples of the way Australians treat each other in the past few years and it just seems to be getting worse.
The highest office in the land isn’t exactly an example to shout about, what with pushing, shoving and blood on doors.
While people are trying to come to terms with the floods in Queensland, we have people looting houses of precious possessions that are left and farmers, heartbroken and devastated by the loss of their livestock and pets, are being told it is all their fault for breeding the animals in the first place.
Road rage is something I’ve never seen other than on television, but it makes me very nervous when driving in the city.
It probably happens on our country roads as well, for all I know.
Why can’t we deal with someone cutting us off in traffic without wanting to physically harm them?
Bullying is totally out of control, driving adults and children to take a measure so drastic it is hard to comprehend.
What do the bullies get out of it?
Do they ever feel remorse or change their ways if one of their victims takes their own life?
Again, our Parliaments are part of it with constant accusations of bullying and harassment.
It happens in the workplace and in the playground. No one is truly safe from it.
People just seem so angry all the time. Some of it can be blamed on drug taking, alcohol or other substance abuse but not all.
Patience just seems like a completely lost concept.
Whether it be the patience to wait for service, a chance to cross a road, an answer to an email or a break in the traffic, it all seems just way too hard.
Can we ever reverse this trend?
If we can’t, then I fear for what our world will become in the future. We need to take time to smell the roses, to stop and take a deep breath, remind ourselves of how much worse off we could be in another country and treat our fellow Australians as we would wish to be treated.
It’s time to regain our humanity.
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