Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Why don't people give a damn about each other anymore? Get your act together and change things!

I remember the good old days, way back when people still cared about their fellow man. How wonderful those years were and everyone seemed so much happier back then too. 

These days however things are very different and I simply cannot understand why. Have we as humans lost all feeling and compassion for others? Most people don't even seem to give a hoot about their own families (and friends) anymore, never mind total strangers. 

Any typical day will comprise some or other form of bad treatment from others or worse yet, us treating others badly. We all do it. Swearing and showing obscene gestures in heavy traffic, rude treatment and behaviour towards others at work, ignoring our neighbours as we get home etcetera. These are just a few examples and I could add a thousand more. What do we get out of this though? Are we really so evil that we can say satisfaction? 

Even at home and/or in our personal lives we are horrid. Spouses and siblings argue more than ever, people ignore phone calls and/or make excuses when family members want to visit and no one seems to have time for their so called friends either these days. 

It all seems so pointless. Why, why, why???? Why the hell can't things be the way they used to? Will it really kill us to show kindness, keep our tempers in check, control our holier than thou attitudes, and make some time for others? 

Why can't we make that much needed time for family and friends? Come on people, I know we are all busy but really, surely we can find some time on weekends or even in the evenings. Nothing in life can keep us busy for 24 hours straight. 

Visit your parents or siblings more often, have more evenings out and barbecues with friends. Get a life that includes those you care about! For goodness sake wake up and realise that no one lives forever. One day you will be sorry you did not spend more time with those you care about. This is not a quoted cliché, but a real warning to stop and have a reality check. I have lost so many important people in my life and I would do anything to have a chance just to see them again, even if it is just for one minute. 

When you walk into a shop, business, restaurant or any public place, kill those around you with kindness, even if you get a negative response back. At some point your treatment of others will rub off on them. Kindness is contagious as is cruelty. Be a part of the solution and not a pathogen spreading the disease. Do this for just a week and I swear you will feel so much better about yourself and your stress levels will drop substantially. 

Life in South Africa (and worldwide for that matter), is hard enough as it is people. Let's not exhibit behaviours and patterns that make things even harder for ourselves and others.

Get a (real) life and start to give a damn!

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