Writes author Fran Lebowitz: “I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to… behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the world—politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.”
Yes, indeed. Everything we do and say matters—or should—and yet here we are:
1. The Impolitic: Back in 2012, Somali-born, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D/MN) said, “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Just last month, she wrote that U.S. Israeli support is “all about the Benjamins, baby.” That was followed by her telling a D.C. audience, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it’s O.K to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
Then came her response to criticism from a fellow Democrat: “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.
2. ”The Scandalous: In Operation Varsity Blues, some 50 CEOs and celebrities reportedly spent $6 million to cheat and bribe their kids’ ways into prestigious, competitive universities—and their kids actively participated. Indeed, some were given SAT/ACT admissions test answers; some pretended to be “stupid” in order to qualify as learning disabled and receive extended test-taking time.
The list goes on including 19-year-old, social media “influencer,” Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and actress Lori Laughlin. She got into the University of Southern California as a member of its rowing team; she has no rowing experience.
Then she went and turned her “success” into an endorsement deal for Amazon Prime Student and posted this: “Officially a college student! I got everything I needed from Amazon.”
3. The impersonal: Writes pediatrician Dr. David Safir: “Recently, a dying elderly man was given his grim prognosis via a ‘robot’ video screen. This is symptomatic of much of what is wrong with modern medicine… The most obvious offending agent is electronic medical records, which have turned doctor visits into a farce… But this video communication about someone’s impending death has taken things to a new low…”
I wish I could say I’d made it all up…