I was at the gym earlier this week. It was full of ladies and chatter. As is often the case, no matter how positive or wonderful the conversation starts, it always ends up with someone saying, “This world is going to hell in a hand basket.”
I’m not sure what that means literally but I know it’s not good.
Changes are happening all around us and we’re not comfortable with it. Every new idea or product has a plus and a minus. So let’s focus on the negative and whine. (I prefer my wine with cheese!)
New technology helps us do things faster and more accurately but it can also isolate us. There are people who don’t know how to talk to each other face to face.
There are people who don’t know how to discuss differences or (gasp! God forbid!) confront.
People even break up through email.
Hi Hon! How ya doing? Did you pick up the bread and milk? I’ve been thinking that we need to see other folks. Moved out this morning. Could you drop off the bread and milk at my new apartment? See ya around!
Scams are easier for those who are technologically savvy. All those heart wrenching stories on face book are so sad. Don’t you just want to reach out and help?
Send me your money and I will forward it to the most worthy (which may be my retirement fund)!
On and on…kids don’t have respect like we did (of course we were pretty perfect)…people are more rude (that doesn’t include us when we are blasting other drivers)…no one helps out (umm…I’m kinda busy today)…schools aren’t teaching the right things…everyone wants to sue.
You name it; it’s hashed over and spit out.
After listening for not all that long (I have the attention span of a flea), I told them they sound like my mother. She said the same things 50 years ago and here we all are.
Rock and roll didn’t ruin the human race. (All those wild tunes are now considered elevator music. I so wish my Mom was here to “enjoy” that one.)
Faster cars and younger drivers didn’t kill everyone.
Short skirts and makeup didn’t ruin morals. (Skirts got shorter if that’s at all possible.)
Most of Mom’s comments were aimed at me although my mother did admit to rolling her stockings down below her knees which was scandalous at the time.
I wonder what my grandmother said? Probably the same thing.
I am not convinced things are all that different. They may LOOK different and FEEL different but underneath it’s the same.
We are all people trying to make our way through life and learning along the way. Some of us are nicer (like me and maybe you) and some aren’t quite so nice (like “them”).
By the way, if kids aren’t respectful these days, whose fault do you think it is?
Artwork credit: I have no idea who did this originally. It was posted on several sites with no author information.