I’m sure you’ve heard about the cat in the garbage bin woman. I first heard about it on the CBS Evening News a few days ago and I thought, “That was mean but is it really worth making an international incident out of it?” There are many cases of animal abuse that are much worse. Why isn’t the world outraged about any of those?
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not defending the woman. That she said, “It’s just a cat,” really pushes my buttons and makes me wish I could have a word with her. There’s no such thing as “just a cat.” But what’s bad about this whole thing – what’s scary about it – is that any one of us could have a moment of stupidity and do or say something we wouldn’t normally do or say and have it end up on YouTube and become next week’s “Most Hated Person in the World”.
I would bet that the majority of people don’t think the woman putting the cat in the garbage bin was all that big of a deal but it doesn’t matter what the majority thinks; it’s the shouting minority that counts. A person could lose her job because 10% or so of the world’s population is upset about one thoughtless act. Don’t think it could happen to you? Well, be careful because you never know.