for a country that was founded on the principal with the right of freedom of speech and the idea of all men are created equal, we appear to be more of a nation that thinks it is ok to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre.
in the past hours, I have watched people ignoring sirens and flashing lights of emergency vehicles, witnessed three road rage type moments, watched young folks take precedence over elderly entering stores, and heard an argument over issues unknown at a coffee shop. what is the common denominator? I guess it is that people somehow think we are all so important that we can’t make time for another? or is it that people have forgotten how to treat each other with respect, yet, they all want to be respected.
this behavior isn’t’ really new, one can make a case for the decline over the past 50 years. what is new is that the scale of the uncivility. today we have every race, creed, color, sexual preference, political and religious ideology seeming to be angry about everything and anything.
what is so difficult about everyone understanding that if you want to change anything, it starts with you. I see many trying to change the world with some version of life that is partially correct while ignoring the fact that life is simple, yet man wants to keep complicating and creating new things to pile on. it as if the legalism of religion has become mainstream, yet no one wants to follow the rules or walk on the path – “oh that is only for others.”
interesting times on our planet. I can’t say they are good times when I see all the goofiness happening. but life is an amazing journey – no matter how it plays out.
we could all make it a much nicer journey if we did a few simple things. like respecting each other as a fellow human on this planet. open a door for an elderly person, offer guests food and refreshments, listen to someone who is having a bad day, pick up the trash that someone dropped….when you are in a public space, treat your cell phone like you are in private.
realize there is more to the universe than just yourself.
coffee is ready…yippee!