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Old 10-09-2007, 06:11 AM
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What happened to respecting our elders?

Sorry in advance for the rant, but I posted this on my myspace page a bit ago, and saw something very similar while up north with friends this weekend.




I saw something today that really shocked me and got me thinking. I was walking into a restaurant, and noticed an elderly couple walking arm in arm to the restaurant a little ahead of me. As they were approaching the door, I noticed a guy, around my age walking up fast behind them. "Cool", I thought to myself, "he's going to get the door for them." WRONG. The punk cut them off just before they got to the door, making them actually stop and slid his scrawny *** through the door. He paused long enough to give them a look as if they were inconveniencing HIM by being slow going in to the restaurant! For some reason that pushed a button. I thought whatever happened to respecting our elders?? Whatever happened to chivalry?? Now, most of the people I know do show respect, but it looks like a developing trend for a lot of derelicts is that the elderly are old, slow, annoying, and basically get in the way.

A lot of you know my Grandpa passed away this summer from esophageal cancer just after Father's day. I had many long talks with him throughout the years, and he shared a vast amount of knowledge with me. The preacher at his funeral referred to him as a "man's man". He was gruff, didn't show a lot of emotion, but damn, he was sharp and full of knowledge. There was never a chat with Grandpa that I didn't go away without learning something new. A lot of his advice I have applied to many areas of my life. I know many people who would take an elderly person's chats as just ramblings of an old guy, but with time, comes wisdom. We think we know it all, but there is no substitute for experience. Most elderly people are more than happy to share knowledge about their past experiences with us in hopes of making us better persons. We just have to take the time to listen and respect the advice of someone who has been around 10+ times as many corners as we have.

Sorry for the rant, but I just had to vent. That's all for now.

Oh yeah, words of wisdom for the day - "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt

- Ken



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Old 10-09-2007, 06:20 AM
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I hear ya bud. Some people just don't care about that stuff anymore.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:40 AM
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Our society is wrapped up in a "me" culture. Very few people think about how what they say or do affects others anymore. They are only concerned about what it does to them.

I think that is a shame. Can't remember the artist... but there was a country song a few years back. If the world had a front porch. There's a lot to be said for what that song says. One line goes "treating your neighbors like they're your next of kin". Wouldn't that be nice... would be a whole lot less crime, less hate, less discontent.
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Our society is wrapped up in a "me" culture. Very few people think about how what they say or do affects others anymore. They are only concerned about what it does to them.

I think that is a shame. Can't remember the artist... but there was a country song a few years back. If the world had a front porch. There's a lot to be said for what that song says. One line goes "treating your neighbors like they're your next of kin". Wouldn't that be nice... would be a whole lot less crime, less hate, less discontent.
Depends on if you like you're kin hehehe


But I too agree that some young people do not act with respect towards the older generations -- I am not sure if this is a trend, or that I(we) are getting older and see it from the other side now, but it is disgusting and sad to see when things like that happen
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:11 AM
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I'm sorry to say but I think the ettiquette education stopped with my generation. Why do I say that because I see it alot. Young Men and Women (16-23) just don't care about holding doors for people or anything like that. You don't even want me to get started on the young teenagers now adays. Ever since giving your kid a spanking in public has become bad parenting or child abuse our society has been flushed down the toilet.

Just the other day in a grocery store, I let a elder lady that was only buying a gallon of milk go in front of me. I am in no hurry where do I need to be that is so important that I can't spare a couple extra minutes getting there.

When I read postings like this it reminds me of a Tracy Lawerance Song called Front Porch.
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this started when the "Baby Boomers" came along with their social upheavals and "women's lib" and wanting to do things different. wanting to "redefine" everything.
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I completely agree with you DR! And the disrespect isn't just toward the elderly! I can be in a store and have a 14 year old cut in front of me and no I'm not quiet about it.

Every law that has been passed to protect our children and us from ourselves has done nothing good and is only leading toward the demise of our society as we know it!
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I'm 23, and don't consider myself "better" than anyone else, but still, respect has been drilled into my mind ever since I can remember. Thank God I have decent, God loving parents. It's just that the total lack of respect today is appalling.

- Ken
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:10 AM
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Diesel Racer has it right !! It all goes back to the way childern are raised by their parents. You don't know right from wrong unless someone is there to tell you the difference.
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The way I was raised was to respect your elders. That is the same way that I am raising my girls. If I was to ever pull something like that around my family they would still cuff me in the head and make me go appoligize. It seems to be a little more prevalent know in the touchy feely PC days. I am even seeing it in the Military.
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