There use to be such a thing you know. National Brotherhood Week. Guess it has gone out of style. But the kind of behavior that appears commonplace today would have warranted a trip to the woodshed in the not to distant past. Back biting and in-your-face comments that would have embarrassed people, the kind of verbiage that once was only relegated to adolescents is now coming from adults. Along racial, class, gender and religious lines.

This does not appear to be a political condition as much as a personal one. The kind of remarks like “You’re not going to eat that, are you ?” “You’re not going to but that into your body ?”  and making meat eaters, smokers, drinkers and what not into some kind of pariah through sanctimonious, self righteous and/or patronizing remark — or worse. Forcing laws to be passed not to improve anyones lot but to purely piss off the other group.

All of this seems to have come about at the same time this movement of self actualization, self help and inner child new age movement began. Grabbing ones teddy bear while telling perfect strangers to “F*CK OFF” sounds more childish, emotionally immature and self centered to me. More like self aggrandizement.

Explain to me again how if someone does not believe as you, dress as you, eat as you or live as you do gives you the right to denigrate and persecute them. I spent a number of years in various 12 step groups we we had a term for people who spoke in such a manner.

DRY DRUNKS. Those whose only reason for not drinking was to avoid jail or some other even more unpleasant outcome. Bereft of any spiritual awakening and totally pissed of. One could hear it the way they shared. One knew that the minute the could they would be back in the bottle or gorging themselves or putting a needle in their arms, but for some gun to their heads to prevent it.

I don’t drink myself simply because I do not like alcohol. But if anyone chooses to do so — as well as going to church every other day to worship deity(s), smoke, eat junk, vegetarian, vegan… — fill your boots. Just do not treat me and what I choose as some kind of leper.

People are simply becoming far too intolerant of one another these days and expressing this intolerance in the most vile manner.

This can only lead to even more malevolent behavior. We had another expression as well, “If you insist on stepping on people’s toes, don’t be surprised if they retaliate.”

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.

The other monk asked him, ‘Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?’

‘Because,’ the monk replied, ‘to save it is my nature.’