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Obama, Biden and the type of person who taunts. This was written during the election time -- but is even more true now i

Updated on March 12, 2013

Human relations depend on more than just words

This is the getting along of nations. It cannot be accomplish by men who taunt.
This is the getting along of nations. It cannot be accomplish by men who taunt. | Source

The laugh is on Obama and Biden

Obama and Biden on mocking, condescension and facial gestures.

This is not a political piece – go elsewhere for that. This is about what makes people snap and do horribly violent things. For sports and children we use the word taunting. Taunting is the negative behavior that challenges another to do something they cannot do, physically or “legally”. It is not joshing or trash talk. It is baiting.

Our human minds can immediately disregard something that we can react to, whether we react or not. Our mind just moves on. With some mental disorders it may not move on, but that is due to a sickness not normalcy.

If we were in school I would have reported Biden.

If we are unnaturally restrained from reacting to a negative stimulus, we do not just naturally move on. Our brain searches for a way to react and respond. It can fade and it can be overcome. But repetitive negative stimulus in this scenario simply builds into an unnatural desire to respond.

In my immediate world this behavior of taunting is nonexistent among adults. I dare say that when it is existent bad stuff happens. Football has rules against taunting, Schools have rules against taunting, Courts have rules against taunting – guess what – even Zoo’s have rules against taunting. Probably that employee handbook has rules against taunting and for sure jails do.

A small one time smirk, a honest laugh, one interruption, one giggle, or one grimace are all acceptable in an hour’s time. Multiple occurrences are not. And constantly doing it is just plain taunting. Taunting in a debate is low behavior when done verbally, taunting in a debate in public with facial and other gestures is wrong and immature and childish. It definitely panders to those who disregard societal norms. Such simple rules of decency show at least a base admiration for civilized conduct.

So next time you hear about a high shooting incident, or an extreme act of violence by a normal person, think of Joe Biden’s facial mockery in his debate. When you hear of a workplace disruption involving violence, think of Obama interrupting and laughing at Romney. Perhaps we should be more concerned with this:


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I feel like I would like to take back some of the things I have said in the hear of argument. But I feel confident I do not need to take back my conduct in such arguments. Thanks for reading. I hope we do not look back on this hub and say, "we knew better".

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The debates and the election are over, but character it good or poor. The public has chosen, or rather a small portion of the public has chosen, for there could be no mandate when the voters' votes were so divided, and so many declined to support either candidate. You are right, mocking makes a mockery of the mockers.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh for sure there are far greater concerns. But so often irresponsibility is the result of lack of respect. And this behavior causes that both ways.

      Thanks for the comment and vote.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Eric. I am always intrigued by your conceptual take on life and I admire your willingness to share it. In this instance, I applaud your call for society's leaders to set higher behavioural standards. Kids, for certain, are always in need of positive role models.

      Having said that, I would like to express a mild disagreement with the example you chose to represent societal failures in that regard. I think we could readily find more glaring cases of high-level irresponsibility than the physical animation exhibited by candidates in your country's recent political debates.

      Nevertheless, I believe you have raised a great point and for that reason I am voting you up. Cheers!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Irc7815. Yea I think your rating is right "unconforatable PG 13"

      Johan, Sometimes I am motivated by seeing something and not wanting my kids to act like that. Thank you.

    • Johan Smulders profile image

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Really good thoughts. Keep it up, we need people who challenge our thinking.

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      I understand. Thankfully, one makes me slightly less uncomfortable than the other. :-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for viewing and commenting. Sometimes I see something and it makes we all uncomfortable and edgy. It usually takes me a while to figure out. These guys made me uncomfortable.

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      This is a great hub Eric. We all need to be more aware of how our behavior affects others. I will share this one and have certainly voted it up and awesome.


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