Respect And Courtesy? Where Did They Go?

What Happened To Respect For Others?

Whether it’s happening in the Far East too, I don’t know, but the fabric of society is clearly breaking down in the West.

Kids sit on buses while old people are left standing, and the kids don’t even look the other way, pretending that they haven’t noticed.

Young children now answer their parents back, teens swear at their parents and kids eat like animals.

And many times husbands and wives no longer respect each other.

We now have homosexuals and lesbians parading in scanty outfits and rejoicing in the streets of New York, Tel Aviv, and other major cities.

I and a great many others don’t care what others do in their bedrooms, but please, don’t parade it in public.

We maybe just need to recall the book, "Lord of the flies" to understand how easily people can revert to barbarity.

What happened to respect and courtesy?


* In case you don’t know, Lord of the Flies is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding.

It is about group of British schoolboys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves, with disastrous results.

The story revolves around human nature and individual welfare, versus the common good, and it’s #68 on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 most frequently challenging books of 1990–1999.

In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 and was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching #41 on the editor’s list, and #25 on the reader’s list.

What do you think?

Did we lose our way?

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11 Responses to Respect And Courtesy? Where Did They Go?

  1. Proud-Gay says:

    So Michael Redbourn, do you see yourself as homophobic?

    Because that’s what you are!

    • Michael Redbourn says:

      I’m not homophobic, and the whole idea of being proud of being GAY (GoodAsYou) is erroneous!

      Gay Pride?!

      Are straights proud of being straight?

      Of course not.

      What do I feel or think about gay men and women?

      I feel sorry for you, and them.

      You can’t have your own kids and are deviant.

      Deviant meaning that you deviate from the norm.

      94% of the population is one way and 6% are the other.

      If we were your way then there would be no children and no people.

      So what are you so proud of?

      • Proud-Gay says:

        Your reply seems sincere.

        Gottta confess that a lot of people go on the parades just because of the social action.

  2. Gillian says:

    I was reminded of your post when I was on a bus today.

    A few stops after I got on the bus was full except for one seat which had a woman’s groceries on it.

    People came by and wanted the seat but she just turned ignored them.

    I would have told her to move her groceries!

    Then as the bus started to empty out a little, youths started to put their feet up on the seats.

  3. David H says:

    It’s horrible to see this happening 🙁

    Fortunately, I won’t be around when these immature, disrespectful, self-centered, selfish and lazy young people will become the minority population and have to live off what the “State” will give them.

    I guess as long as they can live vicariously in “la la” land via face book, u tube, twitter etc., they will exist.

  4. miss skeptic says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    If you look at young children on a playground you will see how society would be without social norms.

    The bigger child takes from the smaller with impunity.

    No one says please without being taught.

    I’m saddened at the trend but pleased that I am almost 60 and won’t be around for the complete collapse of society.

  5. reg spragg says:

    6% benders?
    I’d be surprised that the figure is as high as that, yet when you consider how much “clout” these people have given their numbers, the influence they wield is far and away out of all proportion to their numbers.
    Maybe it’s down to their over representation in certain fields, arts, media and politics for example.
    We can’t watch a TV program now without seeing two blokes “wrestling” and all before the watershed as well.
    All the chat show hosts are benders and we can’t give a dirty look without getting nicked for committing a hate crime.
    For people who have high jacked perfectly good adjective as gay, (I know it was an acronym) the majority do not come across as a very happy bunch, even their pressure group is called Outrage.
    It was Kinsey who’s flawed survey (white, middle class males in prison) who first came up with the ridiculously high deviant figure he did, over estimated by a factor of ten apparently
    Live and let live I say, but I draw the line at having their life style paraded as an alternative and rammed down my throat at every opportunity.
    And to think that gay couples are given priority over white, usually smoking couples when it comes to adoption!
    Still, this is due to our ridiculous equality laws (amazing how many f**k ups can be traced back to lawyers) where a lot of money can be made from hurt feelings, unless of course you are a white, heterosexual male.
    Lets hope the day never comes when their life style becomes compulsory, still, it should sort out the over population problem.
    Watch you back!

  6. Rupert says:

    The failure of the Western countries to defend themselves from Islam indicate that the powerful understanding once created by Western Civilization has already dissolved.

    The two most awful signs of the impending communal death, are the extinction of genius and the loss of military spirit, are there for all to see.

    The mainly selfish citizens that now comprise Western Civilization may still possess the technology discovered by previous geniuses, but they no longer have the wit nor the resolution to employ it.

    • Knopfman says:

      I agree whole hardheartedly!

      The choices are, colonize or be colonized.

      The simple truth is that different cultures are irreconcilable, and one must dominate the other(s), which means that the now impotent cultures of Western Civilization will be overrun.

      e.g. The fact that Americans refrain from killing their enemies does not mean that their enemies will refrain from killing them.

      • Eric says:

        As an American and 3rd generation vet I would agree with most of that. But, there are many Americans that have no qualms about killing an enemy especially a muslim. They are the civilians of the rural areas and often referred to as RED NECKS by those same gutless wonders. The military, I promise has no qualms about killing muslim butchers. What we have a qualm against is being prosecuted by the liberals of our Government (i.e. Obama) or the afore mentioned gutless wonders. What will it take to muster the wrath of the red neck or see the English tenacity unleashed with Scottish courage? What will it take to see the Irish pride stomp a hole in the butchers of Islam? What will it take to see the berserkers of Scandinavia melee the mass of invading Islamist? Sadly I think more killing of innocents. But if the Americans and the Britons ever decide to cut lose I think the Americans would raze Islam to the ground and knock them back into the Stone Age. Granted that may only set them back a few months but it might put them in their place.

  7. Bob Wyman says:

    To have respect must be taught and apprexiation of and empathy for others is not a natural trait as much as learning from parents is. Children do what pleases them and what is easy unless the parents teach them values by words and example. The breakdown in one generation snowballs into other generations until chaos and confusion reigns. American culture is now defined by the mass media which has no interest in anything other than profit. Wall Street brokers have no interest in anything other than profits as well. The school systems are run by big business so the old saying that “money talks” has never been more true. America has forgotten the concept of Democracy through the brainwashing by power-brokers that control the media and education system. Those that ignore my Rights under the Constitution are truly my enemy. Those that show me little or no respect are walking a thin and dangerous line.

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