To the Editor:
I was very disappointed in your choice of comic: The 24 Hour Rule/The New York Minute Rule on Sept. 19, in which the cartoonist depicted a character waiting for a cooling off period before responding to a tweet, versus the president responding immediately with smoke coming out of his ears. The 24 Hour Rule character says “AARGH!!! This pisses me off!”
I ask you, was that word necessary, or did it enhance the cartoon? I say not.
It is my opinion that crudeness begets crudeness and violence begets violence. We have lowered the bar on appropriate behavior and conduct in our society to the point that we are desensitized to experiences put before us that once were considered taboo.
We are inundated in TV and in print with violence, profanity and intimate sexual activities once only experienced in the bedroom privately; it appears there is no boundary on what is appropriate – anything goes. I have no idea how parents of young children teach or define morality today.
This cartoon could have been a teachable moment, reminding us all to step back and think a moment about our response before we react. Instead, for me, it served as a reminder that morals, kindness and character are attributes I only can hope to demonstrate daily in my own personal life, and wish that for others.