Why such hostile behaviour?

2015-12-09 06:00

OVER the past few months, I have been reading, hearing and even witnessing episodes of unpleasant, unkind and hostile behaviour.

Why are we surrounded by so much anger and frustration? Why have we become so violent, vulgar and rude? Why do we want to bully each other?

Why do we behave as if only our life matters? Does this high level of anger benefit us as a society? What do we need to do to rid ourselves of this deadly reaction?

The moment something doesn’t go according to one’s taste, one just snaps, becomes furious and uses the most obscene of language and at times becomes violent.

Why can’t we think rationally and use a mature approach by “talking things through” with the opposite party.

Harsh words and violence will not resolve issues of conflict.

Far too often do we read of road-rage incidents, domestic violence and other forms of violent and reckless behaviour.

Is the violence and crime around us affecting us?

Is the stress of our lifestyle affecting our social behaviour and socio-personal interactions or is there some other, sinister underlying problem?

Every day I read messages and quotes of great personalities being posted on social media, but I don’t see the effects of these messages and saying.

We need to respect and hear the “other side”. It’s not just my viewpoint that is important, but other people’s as well. It isn’t always all about me and criticism of me and mine should not be taken personally.

The effects of excessive anger can be dangerous to one’s health and to the community, and thus needs to be addressed urgently.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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