Are We Devolving as a Species?

In this age of hyper-technology, it’s easy to capture moments and events on cell phones and personal devices. It’s also easy to post these moments and events online so that the whole world can see them. What has happened to Erin Andrews, famous sportscaster, is a downright shame. Michael David Barrett, who asked for and got a room right next to her in a well-known hotel, photographed her in the nude and posted the video on the internet. I thought that hotels had a firm policy of never giving out the names of their guests and their room numbers, no matter what.

Since social media makes it incredibly easy for all kinds of creeps and trolls to make nasty and hurtful remarks and/or post embarrassing pictures or videos online, it seems as though anything goes. Seriously–have we left all decency, respect, kindness, manners and appropriate behavior in the dust forever? I’d hate to think so, but it sure looks like it.

I shudder to think of kids today in gym class who are unsure of themselves and/or have body issues. Just imagine how devastating it would be to have someone secretly film you in the shower and then post it on social media out of sheer meanness. Do any of these people who do such things ever stop to think how they would feel if someone did the same thing to them? This is another case of ‘just because you can do it doesn’t mean that  you should do it.’

I hark back again and again to the Golden Rule: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When did we forget this? Do people even know about this anymore? What’s next, flinging feces at each other like chimps in the zoo? I would like to think that, as a species, we are better than this, but the evidence weighs heavily against it.

This kind of thing demeans and hurts us all.