America and Americans come out of 2018 bashed, battered and bruised from a year filled with anger, confrontation and discord. We have been suffering from several vacuums occurring for some time. We have an ethical vacuum, it’s almost impossible to associate a individual name or organization that stands out as a model. There have been plenty of models of ethically questionable important people and organizations in all sectors of American life.
We have had a decency vacuum the tendency to be ridged, uncompromising and unpleasant. It’s like everyday topics, issues and questions are intentionally taken wrong, animosity and insult are the goals rather than peace, tolerance, patience and civility.
There is a gratitude vacuum. There seems to be something to complain about, criticize or reject in so many worthwhile public and private endeavors. Can you name an individual or an organization that can do things and escape being vented at by some group, negative individual or activist.
Is there anybody in charge of finding the best we have to offer? While we are waiting for someone, group or institution successfully seeking to close these and other vacuums maybe there is some value in naming the worst among us . . . America’s MVP for 2018 . . .Most Vile Person. Seriously.
I have identified eight categories. There are probably more but eight seems like plenty. Care to participate? There will be no prize. Agreement on what was appropriate could not be reached.
As we enter the quadrennial US presidential election cycle often referred to as the Silly Season we know that things will definitely get worse before they get better. Here are the rules:
America’s MVP – Most Vile Person or Organization- Award for 2018
The state of the times we’re living in increasingly seems to require that people have an emotional escape valve one that can release the anger, irritation and downright meanness life generates these days. Our national aspirations seem to have changed from the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness to pursuing blame, meanness and getting even. In each of our lives, we seem to need an escape valve or detox mechanism that releases the corrosive, negative, and irritating effects of vile personalities and organization that capture our attention, trigger our emotions and accumulate ever more emotional baggage.
The MVP award is designed to provide an escape valve or detoxification strategy for these various vain, vindictive and vile perpetrators. We’re suggesting that you to select the person, organization or issue in your life, in America, and perhaps in the world that most triggers our negative emotional responses. Call them out, identify the toxin and transfer the problems to the perpetrator. The eight categories are (feel free to suggest new categories)
1. Vacuous: Without contents; empty; lacking in ideas or intelligence: expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid; purposeless; idle.
2. Vain: Excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited;proceeding from or showing pride in or concern about one’s appearance, qualities, etc.; resulting from or displaying vanity; ineffectual or unsuccessful; futile, without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless.
3. Vicious: Addicted to or characterized by vice; grossly immoral; depraved; profligate; given or readily disposed to evil; reprehensible; blameworthy; wrong; spiteful; malicious; unpleasantly severe; characterized or marred by faults or defects; faulty; unsound; savage; ferocious; morbid, foul, or noxious.
4. Vile: Wretchedly bad; highly offensive, unpleasant, or objectionable; repulsive or disgusting, morally debased, depraved, or despicable; foul; filthy; poor; wretched, of mean or low condition, lowly; degraded; ignominious; of little value or account; paltry.
5. Vilifying: (source: Google.com) To speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner.
6. Villainous: Having a cruel, wicked, malicious nature or character; of, relating to, or befitting a villain: outrageously base, wicked, or vile: very objectionable or unpleasant; bad; wretched: of, like, or appropriate to a villain
7. Vindictive: Disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful; proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit.
8 Vitriolic: Very caustic; scathing.
Candidate Names, categories, examples will be aggregated. Unless you specifically want to be named as a nominator, we will use the New York Times standard and consider every submission as being from an anonymous source. All nominations are due in to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line 2018MVP, by close of business Friday, February 15, 2019.