No Nonsense, Please

There have been many people who have slung dirty comments, derogatory words and sexist slurs my way in the years I’ve been a police officer.  For the most part, all the taunts have been like water off a duck’s back. 

As a child my parents taught me the following:

  • If you don’t have anything good or constructive to say, don’t say anything at all
  • If you are taunted, do not give in to the taunts, as doing so hands power to the taunter
  • Do not say unto others comments you would not like said unto yourself

It’s good advice and the words of my parents are words I have adhered to for most of my adult life.  The advice of my parents has served me well as an officer.

But this media/blogging world is one like no other.

Every now and then I get a comment or e-mail laced with hatred and disgust.  The comments themselves always appear to be an attempt to piss me off, to get a rise out of me, or to get me to make a heated comment I would eventually regret.

Usually, I go get my husband, show him the comment and we have a laugh.  Then I hit the delete button.

Ahhhh….the delete button.  Of all things considered, the delete button is a definite perk in the blogging world.

That’s not to say I do not acknowledge a reader with a different perspective. 

I encourage debate, a different way of thinking, and a new angle at looking at issues.  No one person has all the answers and it is through our diversity that we have the greatest opportunity.  I love it when we are challenged, tested, and forced to support our way of thinking.  It’s when we chance upon a fresh way of looking at things that we make better decisions.  It’s when someone offers constructive criticism that we grow as an individual, a group, or a community. 

Challenge is good. 

Hatred and nonsense is not.

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