I don’t know if I’m being unusually sensitive about this issue, but I’ve been seeing a lot of dismissiveness in the world of late, and it’s pissing me the hell off. (Yeah, I know, I said recently that I’d watch my mouth, but dammit… this is really pissing me the hell off.) There’s entirely too much “talk to the hand” going on, and it needs to stop.
It’s always people in positions of power who are doing the dismissing, too. Men, dismissing the Me Too movement, because they can, because they think we’re overreacting, because they just want us to shut up and take it. Congress, completely ignoring that the majority of us are screaming in outrage about their shenanigans. They just want what they want, and to hell with the people. The president, snatching away our public lands, breaking laws left and right, being as destructive as he possibly can. And having absolutely no remorse about it.
It’s going on locally, too. Police not taking the citizenry seriously, and 911 operators even less so. Doctors ignoring our very real health concerns. Loved ones not trusting each other’s ability to make sound decisions.
When did we all become so rude, selfish, and contemptuous? I’m here to tell you it’s not a good look. Nobody is feeling listened to. I certainly don’t. Do you?
When people feel dismissed, they feel helpless, and they react badly. This isn’t going to end well, people. You heard it here first. If you’re listening.