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It doesn’t take a whole lot out of us to act with basic human decency. Not that you’d be able to tell if you own a Television or frequent the internet.

Taking a moment to briefly try to put yourself in another’s shoes before you speak or act is really not that difficult, I assure you.

I just wish I knew when it became so trendy to be a shitty person.

People blame Donald Trump for setting the example. No. We put him there. We got the President we deserved. An overwhelming amount of people walked into the voting booth and made a really shitty decision last November.

What I find more frustrating is their unwillingness to point to just one of the many atrocities or abominations perpetuated by this administration and say “Oh yeah,wow. That’s horrible, he’s wrong”.

We are taught as children — if we have nothing nice to say then to say nothing at all. Yet we have a president who seems to have less self control than a drunk sorority girl on her 21st birthday. Notice I didn’t capitalize the word president. I’ll start capitalizing it again when someone in the capitol does something capital worthy.

What’s really discerning is I didn’t intend for this to be a Trump piece when the title came to me, he’s just the first person who came to mind as I finished typing the words “Shitty Person”.

The current president of The United States of America is a shining example of what it means to be a shitty person. He has really taken the title to new heights in such a short time, possibly his greatest accomplishment.

However, we can still learn from him. We can learn what not to do and how not to be. Rather than fear our children hearing whatever terrible thing he has said or done this week and asking us about it, we can point it out to them and inform them of how shitty of a thing it was to say or do.

I spent Monday night in the heart of Atlantic City. While I was there, I encountered all of the following kinds of people; degenerate gamblers, alcoholics, drug addicts, drug dealers, prostitutes and homeless who hopelessly begged for change.

I heard one guy lie to who I presumed was his wife on the other end of the phone about how he had to “work late” and he’d see her tomorrow. Right before I watched him walk back in the casino and sit back down at the craps table he had been at for an hour or so before ducking out to use the phone.

Not all of whom I mentioned above necessarily qualified but I did run into my fair share of shitty people during my stay. However, none came close to comparing to the shitty person responsible for economically draining Atlantic City a few years ago, in the name of his own self interests.

Donald Trump impacted the financial well being of an entire American city when he shut down his casinos. He hurt the bottom line of people I love, to protect his own. To inflate his own ego campaigning for president.

He disregarded any interest other than his own, as he’s still doing as president. He ostracizes and belittles anyone with an opinion differing from his. He has found a way to offend, polarize, and generally annoy most of the world — including a majority of the people in his own country in less than a year.

All it really takes to not be a shitty person is to think about someone other than yourself once in awhile. To not respond to every criticism with Hitler like hatred. Empathy is not rocket science, it’s a lot less complicated than foreign policy. Unfortunately it also seems to be a policy that is foreign to our president.

So please, whatever you decide to do today, just don’t be a shitty person.

Writing About the Human Condition, via My Thoughts, Observations, Experiences, and Opinions — Founder of Journal of Journeys and BRB INC ©

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