The Unbearable Darkness Of Beings ...
Or has the Internet simply given the multitudes an outlet to put their hate on display?
Perhaps, before, it was hidden, known only to an immediate few. But now, with the click of a button, it races around the world.
When the news broke yesterday about Lara Logan's beating and sexual assault in Egypt, I was sickened to see how quickly the comments appeared that condemned her and condemned every Middle Easterner, too.
Logan shouldn't have gone to cover the story, the critics wrote, because she's white and attractive. What did she think was going to happen? It was her own fault.
I couldn't believe what I was reading. Yes, how dare a reporter go to Egypt to cover one of the biggest stories of her lifetime and have the temerity to have blonde hair?
And see?, other commenters wrote, this is all we can expect from the savages in the Middle East.
Yes, because rape has never occurred on Westernized, "civilized" soil, right? Domestic violence is just a myth. All those bruised and battered women, they all just walked into doors.
What the hell is going on?
Even much more mundane stories about celebrity trials and tribulations are overrun with gleeful snark.
When did empathy become such a rare commodity?
A friend of mine wrote on Facebook the other day about a woman who was mocking a family who had lost an unborn child.
I can't fathom anyone having the capacity to be that cruel.
And what scares me most is the pace at which I see it all devolving.
Is it temporary, born out of stress and fear? Or is this the downward arc of humanity? Can good really triumph over evil? Or is this the journey into the heart of darkness?
I vow to be more kind.