August 1



Norman W. Wilson, Ph.D.

Morals refer to a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what are and are not acceptable for them to do. The problem is who decides what is acceptable and under what circumstance. The world’s religions offer moral standards. National and local laws offer moral standards. But what if those “standards” are ignored? What if they are only given lip-service?

In the United States, we brag this is democracy at its finest; yet, we have rampant discrimination and not just against black people. Yellow, brown, and white-colored skin fellow citizens are objects of disrespect. Do you feel a tinge of discomfort by the use of the word “objects”? The human equation has been removed. Or has it?

Have we humans always been violent? Discriminating? Disrespectful? Self-motivated? Is the Dream of a great free society a hoax? Is it a trick played by self-serving politicians? Are we now in a pandemic of discrimination, disrespect, and hate? Have we become so enamored with the idea of ME-ism that we no longer can tolerate being the slightest putout or put-upon by having to wear a face mask while out in the public? Isn’t that me first and to hell with the rest of the world? I’m not sure what the real legal ramifications of wearing or not wearing a mask are when it comes to one’s “rights.” Is there not a right not to be infected? Is there an inherent right not to be intimidated or threatened?

Owners of business exist to earn a living as well as to provide goods and or services to the public. Do they not have the right to be free from robbery, potential murder, and their places of business destroyed by protestors? I would hope so and at the same time do they not have the right to be protected by the police?

What about the police? Have they become enforcers rather than protectors? If so, by whose orders? The recent spate of brutal behavior by police officers against the citizens of this country is unacceptable. The seeking out of persons of color to brutalize is unconscionable. To spit on a police officer is likewise unacceptable.

And lest we forget, Native Americans experience violence, hate, and discrimination and have since the beginnings of this country. In 2019 an estimated 5500 Native American women were missing. How many national alerts involve Native Americans? Not many. Where is the justice in that?

I am not so naïve as to believe or think we can love one another or we should for that matter. Nor do I believe we should even like one another BUT I do believe we should respect one another’s right to live. Is that too much to ask of the great American Dream? Hopefully, not.

I leave you with a quotation from George Washington Carver:

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong—because sometime in your life you will have been all of these.”

©Norman W. Wilson, Ph.D. 2020

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