It is not hard to understand the reason that radio shock-jocks are the rubbish bins of morality. When money is involved, morals and basic human respect is the first thing that people will dump. While shock-jocks are paid both highly in dollars and ego-points, they certainly reduce human dignity and respect to the lowest ebb that they are willing to take it.
The politicians cash-in the same way too. While the dollars motivate them the same way as the shock jocks, they swap ego points for power to get their fix.
But while the motivations of the politicians and the cashed up shock-jocks are clear, what about the rest of the community? What motivates the hateful extremists that we come across all the time on the Internet?
I’ve touched on this before in some of my other blogs. People like the ‘Ban the Burqua’ parade who spend hundreds of hours ranting and raving about women wearing Burquas, when they care nothing for the women under them and are likely to only have a few seconds exposure to someone wearing a Burqua throughout their entire lives.
How about the people that want to rid Australia of Muslims ‘to make Australia better’, or the people that carry on about how Australian money is being spent on aid programs overseas when it should be being used in ‘our back yard’. These people often spend thousands of hours online or in pubs venting their spleens, rather than actually trying to help the thousands of homeless on our streets let alone the disabled critically needing more support.
Hell, they could even man a lifeline phone. Last time I heard lifeline weren’t exactly inundated with people volunteering their time or resources. But there’s plenty out there using their modems and computers to complain about someone ‘not doing enough at home’.
You get the picture and I’m sure you know the people. But what isn’t clear is what motivates these them. These are people that are often happy to call the others trying to make a positive difference ‘Traitors’ or ‘Bleeding heart loonies’. But what actually motivates them to do and say things that are so anti community, stupid and sometimes utterly sociopathic, all while banging on about how patriotic they are?
It’s hard not to just call them delusional. But simply calling them misguided seems inadequate. Do they really see themselves as heroes in their own community? Do they honestly feel that making such bold, yet utterly stupid statements by either bashing a keyboard or blurting it out with a belly full of beer is really make them a greater person in our society?
As I said; it makes sense when a cowardly shock-jock does it because of the incentives. But do these members of our community honestly believe that mimicking these often half-baked statements that are simple used to get a rise out of an audience will possibly see these people attaining the same fame, power and fortune of the shock-jocks and politicians? Hell, even the shock-jocks tend to be more inclined to charity and community work (without court orders) than most of these people.
If Australia does need people to fight for it, it’s the people in the community that need it the most. It’s easy to go to the pub, get a ‘skin full’, then wave a piece of cardboard around with a comment written on it with a Texta. It’s easy to threaten to bash a person from a minority group such as Muslims, Jews and gays. But I don’t see any of these cowards offering their time to help beaten women, to sit and talk to a lonely senior citizen, to help a family with a child with cancer, to build a shelter for the homeless and the mentally unwell.
If someone has the time to ‘make Australia great’ by spending hundreds of hours making fake profiles and verbally abusing anyone on the internet that they disagree with, then they have the time to actually get off their arse and make an effort to genuinely make a better Australia. The community is what the community makes it. Not the government, and certainly not the shock-jocks.