BPR: I could be wrong, but it seems that with each passing year, it becomes harder and harder for us to properly reflect on the true meaning of what that good old holiday spirit signifies. Such reflection can be essential in realigning us with our spiritual selves and is an integral component to maintaining overall wellbeing.
A sign of this disconnect can be seen in our dwindling loss of a sense of empathy. According to one study from the University of Michigan, today we care for others about 40% less than people in the 1980s did. In today’s digital era, from Twitter to Facebook and everything in between, rudeness has become the new normal.
The problem is that those on the receiving end can take it so personally, despite the fact that, in reality, rude attacks say far more about the sender than the receiver. “People appreciate diplomacy. People appreciate being respected and heard. That’s why rudeness has such an effect on us psychologically,” says bestselling author on the subject Danny Wallace. “We feel immediately dismissed, put-upon, disrespected … Rudeness spreads like a cold,” he adds. “Even witnessing rudeness is enough for us to become infected.”
Wallace adds that, as a threat to mental and physical health, we have yet to take rudeness seriously enough. It is a concern that the men who invented the internet 50 years ago would likely now agree with. According to a report in Fast Company magazine, they are not very pleased with their creation today. read more