William Bennet did have it right once. Maybe that’s why he’s so deserving of scorn now, his despicable comments having sullied a once noble, similar notion.
I’m struck seemingly on a daily basis by the thought that the employment of consideration by the general public has not only expired but that it’s passing has caused a breeding ground for the forms of life that would feed on it’s corpse. It’s not just that respect for the rights of others is lacking, but more that the pendulum has swung so far that now rudeness and actions that can only be characterized as agressive are to frequently be expected. Okay, even though I in fact now do often expect to encounter them, they still and always will piss me off to no end.
I don’t know what’s the matter with some people. It’s amazing just how, and please pardon my French, “fucked up” they can be by even an early start to what would otherwise be an enjoyable day. Drivers, coworkers, hell even the police, all ranks seemingle have an unconscionable few that want to share what must be their intolerable existance with everyone else; actually not just share but fling upon with great velocity.
I’m fucking tired of it. Problem is I’m fucking tired of it but I don’t know how to make it stop.
Here’s the deal; I’m really big on going out of my way to actually employ the Golden Rule… “Do unto other as…” Most always it’s reciprocated in kind. Sometimes it’s simply not recognized and hey, so what, no big deal. But every once in awhile it’s met with selfish inconsideration and even, unfortunately, rudeness, and it saddens me greatly, especially in the context of what it means for the society our kids will be forced to inhabit.
I think it’s why I periodically go to church. Don’t really know, although I’ve given it a great deal of thought, if I buy into everything that the religion I’ve been exposed to is going to be the recipient of my blind faith. But I will say this… I know the dozen or so times I go every year that the people I encounter there will for the most part be gracious, kind, giving, polite, respectful and, as you’re probably guessing, considerate. It’s a needed retreat. It reaffirms my faith in the decency of man.
I’m really not being an advocate of religion here. I’m just saying that the currecnt state of decency among people often leaves me hungry for something better. It’s sad and while I try to instill in my child the values that will enable her to be a wonderful person, I’m at the same time saddened at the thought that she too will likely encounter disappointment at the small but impactful lot that behave in a manner unbefitting a supposedly advanced form of life. Sometimes I find myself wondering at just how it is that man can wage war, commit murder, do the things that we as a society find revolting. Then, I see it happen again on a daily basis in admittedly smaller but no less disappointing ways.
Yeah, my perception is probably going to improve, but it’ll only be through an appreciable, sustained effort.