It’s the conviction that authority needs constant questioning and monitoring for attempts to limit opportunities and the freedoms of choice, action and expression.
It includes the traits of independence, open-mindedness, skepticism, persistence...
...and an abhorrence of unfair, heavy-handed, mindless or indifferent enforcement of laws, rules and regulations.
YOU MIGHT HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE IF:
What to do with a bad attitude: Get busy!
Vote, volunteer, speak up, organize, protest, contribute, donate, communicate, educate, agitate, create and motivate.
Inciting bad attitudes for a better America
HOW DOES A PERSON GET A BAD ATTITUDE?
It begins to form when you realize the rules don’t apply to everyone, that people in power try to rig the system and use words to obscure their true intentions.
If you complain about this, you might be told that you aren't a team player, that you buck the system, flout authority, resist supervision, object to criticism, talk back and color outside the lines. These traits are celebrated only in CEOs, where they're viewed as evidence of business genius.
The threat of a bad-attitude label is used to keep everyone else quiet and compliant.
IS BEING A JERK THE SAME AS HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE?
No. Jerks are oblivious or self-centered. People with bad attitudes care deeply about someone or something other than themselves and their own comfort.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE?
Usually, someone in authority tells you.
It’s an inability or unwillingness to kiss up, keep quiet, go along, look the other way or compromise basic ethics.
You don't believe the American dream
consists of a mansion, a fancy car, designer
clothes and the latest gadgets;
You don't think being the richest country
in the world is the same as being the greatest;
You think immigrants are being used as scapegoats to distract us from the real sources of joblessness;
You're angered by the phony insistence that we have the best healthcare system in the world;
And you're sick of being told that your declining standard of living is entirely your own fault and solely your responsibility to fix.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.