So what happened to us? When I was young my Mom and Dad taught me to open the door for strangers and to say excuse me when almost bumping into someone at a store or event. Didn’t all parents teach these things? I was taught to say please and thank you, weren’t you? I called all my friends parents Mr. and Mrs. So and So. I answered all adults with a resounding and yes Ma’am and yes Sir. The thought of cussing within an ear shot of my parents would result in my soul being condemned to hell. That was a good thing. Today the kids are posting all of their lewd activities on social media as if they are bragging about it.
Fear of my parents was real and good. There were consequences for bad behavior. I knew the price of doing something wrong. I knew right from wrong. My filter worked then and it works now. I do not need to air every thought that rolls through my head. Some things are better left unsaid. As my late Mother used to say “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all.
What is wrong with us? Why do we need the public school system to feed our children breakfast? My parents made our breakfast and I do the same for my kids. Why is the public school system distorting our history and pushing material that just simply is not true. Why are parents not in an uproar about this?
Why does Hollywood continue to push trash over our airways? You can’t even watch the Grammys with your kids because of the scantily clad women or the racy dancing. What happened? What happened to class, humility and dignity? If I had worn anything questionable my Mom would have made me change my clothes and burned the questionable items in the front yard. She would have made me pour the gasoline on it.
What happened to us over the last thirty or forty years? How has society declined that much? Why are so many people complacent and accepting of unacceptable behavior? There are so many stories of malicious inhumane behavior. You have heard them. The news stories where people get trampled at a black Friday sale. Oh my goodness who does that sort of thing?
Okay perhaps we can try to turn this monster around. Are there like thinking people out there that feel the same as I do? One kind gesture leads to another. It is not too late for us…is it? We are a resilient nation. Can we turn it back and move towards ethical principles and teachings? Can we go back to the way we used to be? I am going to remain hopeful as I know there is a light of hope and kindness in almost all of us.
Think good thoughts, remain positive, always wear a smile and practice random acts of kindness!