Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
And who knows, maybe if we gave this gentleman enough recognition for his simple kindness, it just might catch on. The mass publication of stupidity sure has caught on, because people tend to repeat the behaviors that are rewarded, and the reward of mass public approval is one of the most powerful motivators that society has to offer. In psychology they call it a conditioned response. With just a little effort we could make it "cool" to be sensitive and caring, and before we know it, we could have young men competing to be seen helping an elderly lady cross the street, instead shooting at each other to prove their manhood.
And it's not like it's something that hasn't been done before. For several years in Los Angeles during the sixties the Black community virtually safe from urban predators and the gangs all but disappeared, because it was a time when being "enlightened," and "down for the community" was rewarded as what it meant to be cool. Young men were literally "borrowing" their nieces and nephews so the women could see them interacting with young people, and taking the kids to the barbershop to get their afros groomed. In short it became "cool" to be responsible.
Eric L. Wattree
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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