Perhaps you’re just a decent person at a time when decency has lost its hold on the public imagination.

Perhaps you’re just a decent person at a time when decency has lost its hold on the public imagination.


Do you believe that decency has lost its hold on the public imagination?

Or do you still see signs of decency everywhere?

Trying to operate with consistency in a world that is fraught with a continuous metamorphosis in public perspectives on how our society ought to be run, creates an incredible discord within anyone who is sentient.

As we listen to two very different perspectives on society, how can we not help but wonder what is truly representative of the nation in which we reside?

There are some incredibly outspoken individuals who are working to curtail the liberties of more than 100 million citizens in this country, solely because they feel they have the right, power, and authority to do so.

But, just because that is their perception, does not make it necessarily either so nor appropriate, nor even reasonably understandable.

There are so many people in our world who are taking their entire basis of thought from a third-party resource, rather than educating themselves on the topics and formulating their own considered opinion. Why is this?

Is it because society is so full of responsibilities and obligations as to diminish our own ability to specifically think about what is the right thing to do or to give us cause to turn our backs on the expressed needs and rights of others?

Is there a genuine, moral high ground on which those who are expressly curtailing the rights of others stand on? Or is it really more of a case of a specific group of people, feeling a certain degree of self aggrandizement that stimulates them to be that much more dominant upon how others might perceive reality?

Humans, being herd animals, are often congregating in a flock for one influential party to impose supposed wisdom upon them. The rise of the internet, followed by social media, gave way to very large chunks of humanity being instantly exposed to the opinions, prejudices and dislikes of other large volumes of humanity, leaving a new sense of being ill at ease with one another because we are now that much more aware of what other people are thinking.

Was it better before we knew how everybody felt? Have our lives grown so much more vibrant as a result of having this Borg hive mentality? Are we continuously feeling an extra sense of apprehension and frustration, followed by anger and resentment and pain as a result of this new phase of humanity?

Increased suicide levels and increased mental health issues have only further stimulated this discussion. Clearly there is a very negative side to social media. Conversely, social media gives us an opportunity to point a spotlight on some of the bigger problems that we are seeing such that we might make others rally behind those concerns. Witness this post.

Yet when you take that sentence at face value, that’s what the people who are frustrating us, are doing as well.

Sometimes decency is a shade of gray.

Happy Monday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!