It's not breaking news that society's attitude has changed drastically over the passing years. Waving at strangers is often taboo. Vulgarity is the thing of choice versus the older, more classy "excuse me" when circumstances dictates a response.
Electronics, especially cell phones are the appendages of many--I have to admit that I catch myself checking email and updates rather than engaging in polite conversation. "Extreme antisocial behavior" is what my mother calls it and she forbids texting and emailing at her house. "If you're here to see visit me...then VISIT. I won't compete with circuits and data chips." Good for her.
When we visit friends, family, and our eyeballs are glued to the phone screen, are we truly giving them the quality time they've been looking forward to, that they deserve? Of course not. Time with friends and family is fleeting. Texts to work associates and who's talking about their child's bowel movements on Facebook can wait.
And electronic gadgets seem to take precedence over common sense. In the past, the average driver knew that writing a letter or reading a book while operating a vehicle wasn't a good idea. Now laws are essential to ensure that attention is placed on road safety and not on text messages. We now have to be reminded to watch the road...really?!
And our lack of care for our fellow human (in many instances) is amazing. Since when did it become okay to stand around and do nothing while someone was beaten senseless by a bully? Perhaps step over a person in medical distress and keep walking down the sidewalk. No, the norm now is to video tape incidences I mentioned and place them on YouTube. Disgusting. And there seems to be more emphasis placed on physical appearances. Though some media outlets are taking strides in emphasizing inner beauty, the mantra "thin is in" resonates in other areas, and many people take delight in the deplorable act of "fat shaming."
So, what's my reason for the rant? Most of the time I post about the lighter side of life--anyone can open a newspaper, turn on the TV, and read about deplorable acts. But here's the thing...we as a society, as a world, are in trouble and we need to make changes. The damage is done, so can anything be fixed? Of course, by taking small steps. It seems redundant, other people insist on the same things, but here's a few suggestions for change:
1. Focus on the inner beauty rather than outward appearances. A person's character is what makes them an amazing and beautiful soul.
2. Offer words of encouragement rather than snarkiness or criticism.
3. Substitute compassion for impatience.
4. Realize that even though someone's theories may seem horribly "off," but they have a right to an opinion, as you do yours.
5. Being kind and thoughtful doesn't make you a pushover.
6. Lastly, but not least, put down the phone and pay attention.
Perhaps I have a Pollyanna perspective, but I believe the damage can be repaired, do you?