In the county where I now live, there is a rather contentious measure scheduled to be voted on in November. While it’s not unusual to “take sides,” there was an article in today’s local paper where a woman who supports the measure was verbally attacked after she posted some information about it on Craigslist.
It seems that shortly after her comments were published, she received some emails from an individual who disagreed with her position. But rather than simply disagreeing, he wrote the following:
“F___ you environmental terrorists! Go hug a tree and I hope you get sniped and carted away to a place unthought of.”
In a second email, after she had posted some additional information about the measure, she received this message:
“Shut your filthy communist scum mouth!!!!!”
This was followed by multiple curse words, and then this:
“If you are interested in mutual combat, I’ll meet up with you anywhere with my bumpstocks and belts of ammo.”
She had also been called an “environmental Nazi” during the time she was trying to collect signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
It seems that nowadays this type of response is not at all uncommon. In fact, I frequently read similar interactions on Facebook where the “comment” section is filled with those who vehemently disagree with an individual’s religious or political perspective. And the longer the conversation goes, the more offensive the remarks seem to get.
And I wonder. Why is this happening? Is it simply a “sign of the times?” Does it have to do with the recent presidential election? It certainly seems intolerance of others is much more prevalent (and visible) during the past several months.
Or does this combative attitude … this disrespect and intolerance of others … go much deeper than external causes? Could it be that it’s actually originating from the core of certain individuals and their words and actions are simply manifestations of inner turmoil?
What do you think? Why do individuals feel it necessary to (verbally) attack those who disagree with them with such anger? Why do some feel the only way to express themselves is through offensive and degrading language? Is it personality driven? Or is it something else?
(Perhaps Victoria will visit and offer her input. 🙂 )