Not having any ethical style is dragging us downward

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I was raised believing that people must care for each other. It’s called humanism but I see none.

To care means showing respect, including language, yet I had to use distasteful words to describe a reborn injustice last week. Because of a tasteless artist who disrespected the memory of a once great art facility. It’s tragic that the only words appropriate now to describe distasteful acts, behavior, programs and their culprits are distasteful.

I see distasteful acts encompassing all parts of life now. I fear, as stated many times, we’re at the point of no return. With no ethics stressed, I see people doing whatever it takes to turn a profit, get ahead, get re-elected, promote your associates and parties aka the norm.

Wrongs are often ignored by officials and media for high profile, yet often less important issues. Report an issue with documentation to officials and you get nothing. Tell the media about incidents that did physical harm and nothing. Daily, I talk of serious injustice, nothing.

Certain influential people want to spend $43 million on a public building’s expansion, no problem. Yet my expenses are ignored. Then a senior protesting the closing of a hospital slaps a “young NYC Politician” and NBC calls it a violent attack. Yet, the video showed an old father, slapping a son.

New Year’s Day, I go to a neighborhood bar and grill, thinking what’s in 2014. The bar has seven couples all looking like 30-something corporate types. It’s New Year’s Day, but only 2:30 p.m. and I hear a loud female voice yell, “When men are out drinking they should have their penises out for the girls to size up.”

Then a male voice yells back that “the girls should have their breasts hanging out.”

In all my years of going out I never heard talk like that, instigated by men, much less a young woman.

I want to scold the instigator. “Lady you’re crude and rude.” But she’s no lady, so I leave. Dad always said keep it in your pants, now girls can’t.

Father Reilly would yell, today’s “no ethical style” whether social, business or political.


Jim C. Reilly

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