Taking The High Road

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Lately, it seems like people are going out of their way to use their notoriety to hurt others. Celebrity feuds on social media are so prevalent right now, with everyone publicly airing one another’s dirty laundry. It only takes 140 characters to assasinate one’s character these days.

We are also in an election cycle, so the nasty-grams seem to be magnified tenfold right now.

Politically speaking, I am not interested in hearing why I shouldn’t vote for your opponent. Don’t fill my newsfeed with reasons why they aren’t the right choice. Instead, tell me why you are the better option. Tell me about your skills, your passion and compassion, and your brilliant ideas to make the world a better place. We are bombarded with slanderous comments, onerous fact checking, and then dispute over those facts if they don’t suit our personal viewpoint.

All this comes on the heels of Kim Kardashian posting an authorized recording of Taylor Swift telling Kanye West that the lyrics he wrote about her in his then yet released song “Famous” are fine to use, after she publicly took offense to them when the song was released. Since, the Twitter-verse has explosively taken sides, even starting a hashtag inviting readers to the #taylorswiftisoverparty. Why would we, or anyone else for that matter, want to celebrate someone else’s demise?

Even a week later, the war rages on, with other celebs joining the fray and continuing to perpetuate the onslaught. Perhaps Ms. Swift did give her ok for Kanye to proclaim “ I made that bitch famous,” or perhaps she didn’t. It still doesn’t make it acceptable to drag her through the mud and make her walk on hot coals for the rest of her life. The joy people are taking in seeing someone with a flawless track record fall from grace is appalling. We no longer think about her talent, her music or her quiet philanthropy. Yet we dwell on her failed relationships and on a conversation recorded without consent (illegal in the state of California BTW,) that we have no right to be hearing at all.

When did we become a society whose personal value is based on the inferiority of others? When did someone else’s pain become a key source of our pleasure? Have we come to a place where we can’t accept culpability for our actions, and need to take down others to boost ourselves up?
I am quickly losing respect for politicians, celebrities and anyone else who needs to publicly bash others in a childish plea for attention.

As someone for whom I hold great respect recently said, “ When they go low, we go high.

Let’s take that advice to heart, and try to take the high road in our interactions for awhile and see how that goes. Who’s with me?

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