I guess I have hit that point in my life where I am starting to sound like my grandparents. Kids these days play their music too loud, wear their clothes too messy and are overall pretty lazy. Then it hits me that it isn't just the kids. I know people in my generation and my parents generation that do all of the above.
Gone are the days when people dressed to go out to dinner, greeted a stranger when passing on the street or let someone else walk in front of them when both parties came together at a crossing.
After spending several days on a ship full of people from all over the world, I was shown that these are not just American issues. My daughter and I were on the elevator. When we go to the bottom floor, there was a crowd of people waiting to get on. Rather than letting us off first, these people started pushing their way onto the elevator. I suggested (loudly) that it would work much better if they would let the people that are already on the elevator off before they started shoving their way in. They still kept coming. Like the elevator was going to run away without them if they didn't hurry to get on. These people were different age groups, nationalities and races but they all had the same rudeness in common.
In my day to day dealings with people from all walks, it seems that many have resigned themselves to do the very least amount of work necessary to get by. Whether that be the care of their homes, vehicles, jobs or selves, it is the bare bones.
This is one trend I am glad to NOT be a part of. I am teaching my daughter to go above and beyond, walk the extra mile, do the right thing rather than the easy thing. I wonder when enough people like me will get fed up with "getting by" that they too decide to break this cycle?