I took the time to tune in and analyze the calls to a particular radio show. It wasn’t long before I turned it off and popped in a classical CD: I could not stomach any more negativity. 

People bellyache over minor things and escalate them into something seemingly monumental. We have among us a bunch of moaners — people who complain, complain, complain about everything.  Everything is the fault of someone else. And they call names — with no proof of what they spew out over the airwaves. 

It has become widely acceptable to publicly slander someone because the radio is relatively anonymous.

This tit-for-tat bickering spills over into social media. And I’m always amused at those who call in with the rash solutions they’d implement if they were in charge. It’s like four-year-olds trying to rationalize why one should get the extra cookie.  

Even if there’s something positive to be discussed, the naysayers will find fault and the lambasting starts again. Any topic can be spun to suit one’s political persuasion. Don’t these people get tired?

There are times when complaints are very necessary — and I’ve voiced a few of my own on occasion — but we should all try to fix what’s broken rather than share verbal diarrhea.

Constant exposure to negativity breeds hatred. I look around and see more evidence of that now than ever before.  

We should look around at the positive things that are happening and help change the things we’re disgruntled with.  

Children are listening —  and the world is listening too. Who would feel welcome to our paradise island home? Let’s be part of the solution, not part of the problem

Shawnette Somner is a mother and educator. Email: ss911@myhome.bm