posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 09:38 PM
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men
Wow! I came across this quote on www.brainyquote.com...
I have been thinking, a lot, about the intensifying appearance of a general lack of respect between humans. I had noticed it in teens, first, and then
realized it was not restricted to them. There is an abundance of it here, on ATS, which has been addressed in several threads, as of late.
I am curious if others feel the same way and what they think are the major contributing factors. I have long speculated it began a while ago, when the
economy required more mother's to seek employment outside the home. (I say "required", though I believe it began as a means to acquire more
'stuff', rather than a necessity) I think this was a pivotal point in the downturn of society.
I know I was flabbergasted when my son, while in elementary school, told me one of his young female teachers would not allow the students to address
her as ma'am. She said it made her feel old. This was in direct conflict with how he had been raised and was confusing to him. It seems a rare
occurrence to hear a young person address an elder by ma'am or sir. How often do you hear adults being introduced by their teens, to other teens, by
their first names? I hear adults introducing other adults to their children by first names only. This was not acceptable, when I was growing up. My
friends' parents were 'Mr. and Mrs. Jones', not Tom and Sue. Answers were given as 'yes ma'am' and 'no sir', not 'yeah' or 'uh-uh'. And
you know what? It was easy, it was free and it earned us the respect of our elders. Now, it is such an uplifting compliment, when someone tells me how
polite my son was toward them.
I can't help but believe this lack of verbal respect has deteriorated into an overall lack of respect for others, particularly those in positions of
authority. I fear how this will play out, in the future. I posted this in the "Diseases and Pandemics" forum, because I believe it is something that
is eating away at the human condition, like a rampantly spreading infection.