Author, Novelist, Writer, & Public Speaker

Gays, Blacks, and the Handicapped are Destroying America!

July 7, 2014

Dear Reader, I am so proud that you made it here beyond the bitter and spiteful invective of the title. If you’ve read my books, articles, or attended a speaking engagement of mine you know I firmly believe the opposite. Variety in all its forms keeps stagnation and destruction in check. Hate is a cancer eating away at the world’s soul.

The harsh title was to prove my point. We live in a Headline Culture. People fly off the handle at the littlest connotation or misinterpretation. I receive weekly emails of a bitter, diatribe-like nature where if the person complaining had focused the energy of their spite upon reading the entire piece I had written and examined what it was that caused such a visceral reaction, they could have saved themselves undo suffering. (I can already feel the inbox filling up from this headline alone). If people will not take the time to read three paragraphs before they act then what hope does the publishing world have? What future does the written word have? In a solitary response – bleak.

So, why do people do this? Why participate in the destructive Headline Culture? Is it lassitude? Is it the availability of information without a focused intellect to absorb it? Is it nature, nurture, or both? It could be many things. What I offer you is an opportunity to see who among your friends, family, and social media swimming pools belongs to the Headline Culture and who does not. Share this everywhere and see who flies off the handle and who empathizes. I would never go so far as to deride those who do not read before they rage…but, perhaps this will grant them an opportunity for self-reflection and growth – to think before you speak, to be sure you have as much information as possible before you lash out.

~Nick Shamhart

3 responses

  1. Kristina Burkhart

    Like all your reads, I love and shared…this should be interesting to see how others respond!!

    July 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  2. Tabby Cat

    Folks have no time for anything….folks have no emotional control. Then again, most folks are obsessed with Facebook posts, selfies, and, you’re right, media headlines, so why should they go explore, recognize, and absorb in depth? Very scary symptom of a superficial society.

    July 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  3. mkeyes01

    LOL – Smile – headlines are written the way they are, to do exactly what yours did, yank the attention of their target. Sometimes the story beneath the headline is worth reading, sometimes it’s not. As we live in a microwave age – where everything needs to be ready in 30 seconds – not many will take the time to read it – of that number, half won’t care and to avoid the drama will only shake their head and move on.

    The other half will be broken in half once more, the immediate reactors who won’t care what the article says, but will feel justified in tearing you deep because they won’t believe your motive for doing it, and that in truth the title is exactly what you meant and felt but will get away with it by following it up as you did. The other portion will be those who agree with the title and they will be ticked because you didn’t satisfy their need to rage about this crumbling society thanks to members of the title.

    What do I think? Most people will have missed the entire point of the post. They will not see the mirror disguised as a spotlight, and heap their own opinions upon it without stopping to think no matter which side of the argument they land on. They will assume it was done for the same reasons they would have done it.

    July 9, 2014 at 12:33 am

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