Cliff Notes on the News

Cliff Notes on the News

Veteran San Diego news director and reporter Cliff Albert shares his thoughts on the latest news and stories each weekday at 12 noon.Full Bio


How to Stop Being Mean to Each Other

There are a lot of mean things being said about each other.

In the news every day there are stories about politicians being mean to each other. Some of them calling others names. 

And also in the news every day there are stories about all kinds of people being mean to each other, from angry passengers on planes, to mean customers and mean people doing mean things to total strangers, to husbands and wives being mean to each other. 

And then there are those that put down others, at work or school or even among so-called friends.

So what’s going on?  Some experts say it stems from people being unhappy with their lives so they take it out on others. And some experts say that by criticizing others, it makes us feel better about ourselves. 

So what can we do to change things a bit?

One way is to look at others differently than we have and even look at ourselves a little differently There have been many words of wisdom about all of this. 

A man known as the father of holistic medicine for instance, Edgar Cayce, is known for saying this: “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us”.  

And then of course there is the Biblical advice about loving others as you love yourself. 

And there also is this piece of wisdom about the importance of personal responsibility and happiness, that comes from President Abraham Lincoln: “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

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