I could not find a discussion on this topic that is a bit important to me - so here goes!
One example right away to illustrate what I mean:
Back in my school days, our school had a tiny shop where one could buy candy and such and sometimes selected foods such as french fries. It was quite popular, especially during break times.
When I was in fifth grade (lowest at that school), I had a lot of respect towards the elder kids (up to 13ths grade, highest at that school - this would be senior year in college for you US people). Which meant we would queue up, not silently and without moving, but we kept in line. It worked really well.
Fast-forward some years and I was in my last year as well. But do you reckon those small kids from fifth grade would stay in line? Not quite. As a minimum, they would push you aside to get in front of anyone else. Insults weren't rare either, even harsh ones such as "fuck you, you cunt, get out of my way!" (roughly translated) could be heard every now and then.
It is just one example. I notice that I'm living in a world where people often don't know respect and tact any longer. This is particular the case with the younger kind of course, but not limited to. And it is not only that people care less for their neighbours and strangers (to lend a helping hand for example), they often outright care for nothing but themselves or their own interests.
I find that very sad! It also makes me die a little inside when I see old people treating strangers with respect and tact and they in return get offensive comments, or get looked at with surprise or disbelief.
And that is not even including the fact that I've been shouted at for holding a door for a woman I did not know.
Even common courtesy...I was very shocked!
I think by now you get what I mean..
A lot has been changing in our culture and society. I welcome much of it, but if this is the price I think it is too high. I find it hard sometimes to cope with being in public, leaving me wanting to stay away from the big crowds more and more.
Do you agree? Or do you think I've got this all wrong?
I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts!