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R-E-S-P-E-C-TPosted Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 11:22 AM
If you were to ask an adult or elderly person what they think of manners in teens today, what kind of response do you think you would receive?
Most likely it wouldn't be a positive one. What has happened to the respect and admiration we had for our peers and others-- the respect that they deserve?
It seems in today's society, manners and respect for others well-being or one's belongings that they have worked hard for is almost non-existent. Have we evolved so much in history that we do not feel the need to act as we once did when society demanded proper manners?
Today's youth do not respect others due to the fact that instead of hard work and earning their own... they expect it to be handed to them without any strings attached.
Do you remember when you could leave the house or go to sleep at night and leave the door unlocked and still be able to have a peaceful nights sleep? You knew you could rest assured knowing that everything would be exactly where it was before you went to sleep.
In today's society people fear helping a complete stranger in fear of what the outcome may be. How many of us would stop to help a complete stranger stranded on the road or thumbing a ride in the rain?
Stealing from someone who worked so hard to achieve what little possessions they endow was rarely heard of years ago. Now it seems in society, instead of trying to get a job and earn your own, it's easier to steal it from someone. What happened to hard work, honesty and manners?
Manner's in the golden years wasn't necessarily a sign of respect, but one out of fear. Fear of what our parents might do to us, had we disobeyed the golden rule, or, at least, "Respected our Elders."
Fear just simply doesn't exist in our teens today. They have the outlook that they are just untouchable. There is more out there for teens today than there once was. New technology, new experiences, at a younger age and more freedom that parents give them. Is this a good choice for us as parents? I fear seeing evolution a hundred years from today... or even 20. I suppose only time will tell. One may call this evolution...I call this regression.
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