posted on Apr, 9 2013 @ 03:53 AM
I have to agree with the OP, the world has changed, respect is no longer earned, its expected.
I'm 52 this year, I consider myself young at heart but I simply cannot get to grips with the youth and their parents these days, most are rude, lazy,
self absorbed and usually lacking in any real intelligence or drive. I live on a rough council estate and my family are one of the more nice families
I was brought up as I do my daughter to say please and thank you, I'm the type that opens doors for ladies, offers my seat to those that need it more
on buses etc and go to the aid of a person in trouble. I'm not a saint, it was just the way I was brought up, my daughter does not swear, does not
use street slang and was given the freedom to enjoy a childhood rather than be pressured in to growing up too soon. Her friends love her to bits, she
does not do some of the daft stuff they do but they like her for her.
But I look at teens now and I see vacant zombies who are incredibly rude at times, back chat is the norm as are threats and they spit and litter with
zero thought for where they live. Drugs are also almost a daily routine, they have learned to smoke at 10 or younger and its a natural progression on
to weed and the like. Now I'm a big fellow and have earned respect from teens around our block for my standing up to them, I remove the drug dealers
from the block which is incredibly hard as my health is very poor but I'll be damned if a snot nosed little teen is going to treat me like dirt.
So I've sat with the teens on here and once they respect you they talk and actually become more polite but there's still that vacant part of their
being which just expects to be on benefits, produce kids with no care that they can't pay for them and a tax payer does, there's zero wish to work,
they would rather join a gang and deal drugs or get involved in other types of crime. But you know what hurts, you meet the parents and they are
EXACTLY the same, layabout scum who do drugs, don't work and don't give a damn if their kids are being rude or involved in crime.
I walk along the road when I do go out and all you see is a layer of hatred beamed at you, every one is on their guard and trying to look hard, the
youth spit on the floor near you, many immigrants look at you like dirt, the indigenous folk also look at you like dirt. There's zero social contact,
its all phones in hand and txt / dumb speak, you rarely get people speaking on buses bar to their friends, normally you cannot hear for the teens
disrupting the whole bus but when an elderly person sits next to you I normally say hello or some such as a pleasantry, they look back with distrust
because they are so used to being been rude to.
When I used to visit places outside London like Marlow where we lived you get the old world back, people say hello to each other, kids behave when
told and generally people don't look so stressed or mean.
Sadly the bad world is the norm these days, I've lost track of the number of times a day I've had to tell kids to keep it down, to not kick balls at
windows and to not foul mouth people, kids of 5 upwards spew words of filth and hate out of their mouth, all learnt from the parent(s) and its simply
a sad place to be, like the OP I wish I could move to the country while I still have some life in me, places like here suck the very life out of you
by the basic negativity they radiate.
I really wish my numbers would come up, we would be gone like a shot...