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  • People seem to carry an attitude of ENTITLEMENT

    2 posts, 2 voices, 5551 views, started Oct 1, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 by Motherscribe

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    • Amethyst
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      What in the world has happened to good manners? I am assaulted everywhere by rudeness. Is it that people are in too much of a hurry? Well, yes...but aren't we trying to go faster than humanly possible? And losing something of ourselves along the way? Living life in the fast lane is a part of it, but I think it is more than that. It is a societal change. People seem to carry an attitude of ENTITLEMENT. My life is more important than yours. I don't have time to hold this door open for you, trying to maneuver two small children through a narrow entrance, because I'm on the cell phone dealing with VERY IMPORTANT stuff.

      Last week a friend of mine invited a new neighbor and her family over for dinner. The family had moved in a couple of weeks before, and my friend had been helping out the mom – watching her three children in addition to my friend's own two children. The plans were made several days in advance, a time was set and all was well. Until the neighbor called up my friend an hour before they were due to arrive, and said that since her mom was visiting she and her husband had to take advantage of the free babysitting and have a date night. An hour before. I will not minimize the importance of date nights, but COME ON! Not only had my friend shopped and had dinner on hand and ready to start, but her husband had arranged to leave work early so that he could be home and be a part of welcoming the family to the neighborhood. So, the couple went out for the evening and still sent the grandmother and three children over to partake of the free dinner. I was appalled when my friend told me this story. Appalled.

      And yet, I'm wondering how unusual this story really is in our world today. I'm sure we could take a survey and find many similar stories out there. So, what is one to do? For myself, having two small children and conscious of wanting to raise them to be polite and responsible citizens, I'm determined to beat the odds. I have to hold on to the idea that I can teach them to have lovely manners and be good people. People who raise the bar. Because, the way our world is going, someone needs to do it. And what better way than to start it at home...today.

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          Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • OK, you just touched a nerve.  CELL PHONE RUDENESS IS THE ULTIMATE.

          Stop answering your damn phone when you‘re with me, on the phone with me, out to lunch with me, hiking with me.  You are not the friggin President of the free world (he doesn’t even do this, although maybe he should).

          Why has this become acceptable?  I don’t get it.  I just went to an elegant birthday party hosted by the birthday girl herself.  She treated us all to pedicures and a beautiful lunch.  She was giving a toast to her friends about how much we all meant to her.  Several women got up and walked away during this to answer their phones.

          Sorry, ladies but you aren’t all that.  You are rude, thoughtless, and my friend needs to reconsider the friendships.



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