Society behaving badly – is it getting worse?
If you look at the news it seems that negative events are going on all around us. Is it getting worse, and who is to blame?
The general behaviour of some people in society has really taken a dive in my opinion, with people acting in ways that would have been totally unacceptable a few years ago.
I believe that it starts with bad manners and low morals and gets worse from there. There’s a lack of respect for people and property that just didn’t seem so apparent when I was growing up.
Look around the shelves this Christmas and most of the toys are something to do with poo. Where are all the nice toys? Why has everything been downgraded?
Social media has made it so easy for people to be unkind to each other, or to promote some kind of reckless behaviour. We have a huge responsibility to uphold when we use the internet, yet with a few clicks some just trample all over others.
The place where we used to live was dire, and we were in fear of what was happening right on our doorstep the whole time. It was rapidly becoming a no-go area. The authorities seemed helpless and the hooligans knew it. Right outside our home was a popular spot for fly tippers to dump their rubbish. One night a large television appeared. Within hours, small children were kicking and smashing the screen while their mother looked on. It was just normal life on that estate.
What about the mess customers make in retail stores? Dropping clothes on the floor and leaving them there? At what point did companies say actually it’s ok to make a mess in our shop because we will just pick it up for you?
What about dropping litter in the street? Years ago, I challenged somebody for dropping litter even though they were standing right next to a rubbish bin. They just hurled abuse at me. Another day I spoke out at a person who had shoved past a blind lady waiting to cross the road. They just shouted at me and told me I was rude. It was at a time in my life when I was definitely more outspoken, and I felt confident enough to step in to any situation. I wouldn’t dare challenge someone now.
If nobody is prepared to step forward though, things will just get worse. Society, to a certain extent, is self regulatory. When people feel something isn’t right, they say so. This is how campaigns start.
The most upsetting thing I heard about recently is in regards to a beautiful reservoir nearby. The water levels became so low this year that a once drowned village was revealed. It is an area of huge historical importance. However, instead of visitors showing respect for their heritage, they came and vandalised it instead. It was reported that even families were seen wrecking parts of the site.
I often say I don’t like people, and that’s because I can’t seem to go anywhere without seeing some sort of upsetting behaviour. I’m also aware that my mental health problems make me less tolerant, but I feel that my rant here is totally justified.
Are you a rule maker or a rule breaker?
~ mXc ~