You’ve got to show me, got to show me a little. You’ve got to give me, got to give me a little. Yes, all I want is, all I want is a little. What all I need is a little… R.E.S.P.E.C.T. What does that mean to you and me? Respect… has that word or better yet, has the meaning of that word disappeared in our society these days?
O.K. let’s step back in time just a bit. Now we are not saying that times were perfect then, but at least some good common, basic skills of etiquette were taught back in the Fifties and Sixties. For example, we were taught to respect our elders. Now it didn’t matter whose elder, any elder, you had respect for. Children were taught to say yes sir and yes maim. We said “thank you” when we were given something and we said “please” when we wanted something. Children had chores and that wasn’t to earn an allowance! That was just to live in the house and get fed. Allowance if any, was like extra credit, you had to do something above and beyond your chores to earn any allowance.
The other choice was to go to neighbors and church folks to see if they had any “Odd jobs” for you to do. What, odd jobs… what is that? Odd jobs were cutting the grass, pulling the weeds, painting… anything the older folks couldn’t do. That not only created a way for the kids to earn money but it actually was a way for the children to bond with the older people!
Speed up to nowadays. The children have no respect because the parents of today’s children never have taught them respect. Kids yell at their parents, often swearing at them, if they want something. In our days, if we ever swore at our parents, our mouths were washed out with soap! Child abuse? Not really, it taught us to have respect and to learn a better vocabulary. You have to admit, the sixties and seventies were a time of “Peace and Love” or at least a time when we were trying!
Back to today, most children never have chores to do, so in turn look how many youth of today still live at home, in their twenties and even… thirties! Odd jobs is more like saying… “a job is odd!” Many will claim it is hard for college grads to get employed, but one wonders how hard the grads really work at getting into their new careers. Unfortunately, the youth of today never learned the responsibility of the value of the dollar, what it is like to earn the dollar and how to be responsible with their money. Even basic skills like how to live, to shop, to take care of your household, are not taught these day… we should probably start “home-economics” again just to teach the basics, otherwise the youth may never move out of the house.
All of these factors add up to a society where no one talks with each other (texting is the new language). Technology combined with lack of proper “up-bringing” has created a society where people do not even know how to be respectful, because they are so use to using technology to communicate, which does not allow for “human” contact in real life!
No “eye to eye” contact, unless maybe if you are on Skype or on your I-phone. Things that used to be personal have become very impersonal, for example breaking up with someone use to be pretty traumatic! Nowadays, you just text someone on your way to your next date! You get fired now by text! WOW! Do you wonder why there is so much violence now in the work place, in small communities and really, worldwide! Even though it may be easy to “text” someone, the person receiving the message is still “receiving the message!” Since a “text” does not really exemplify emotions, at all, the person still has emotions! It is no wonders that so many are going out and doing things the old fashioned way, which unfortunately, are mass shootings, killings in the work place and now, just for no reason, randomly at crowds in public places! Many times, because of the “cold” nature of how that the message was delivered (which by the way, is very disrespectful on the senders part) people nowadays are not thinking logically and emotions take over, because people are no longer feeling any kind of compassion in the world!
Much of this relates to a recent article that was posted here, about communication. Everyone needs to learn to communicate better, to get their feelings out. That doesn’t mean though, that you can be disrespectful towards one another when doing so. We need to start back at the early stages of humankind, children. If we teach our children respect and we remember, that teaching is also by example, then maybe we will see a change in our youth. Then as they grow up, they will be more respectful, more caring, more loving towards one another! You need to be more respectful towards one another and yourself, then communities need to respect the people within the community, then statewide, Nationwide… Worldwide. We are becoming a “One World society” and unfortunately these are the growing pains associated with it.
This may sound strange, but today there will be no “Mouthgasms!” Mango is feeling that everyone needs to step back for a minute and look around “your world.” Look at how you can improve the environment that you are in and how you can make it a better place for all to live and grow. Like in the movie “Scrooge”, when Oliver asked for more porridge, you can have more “Mouthgasms” once we start to be kinder, more loving and more respectful of one another.
Oh, well, on a side note, it is “National water day”, so since much of the world doesn’t even have clean water to drink, let us all go out and purchase some water bottles today and pass them to all of the home-less people that you pass along your journey. Bring a little happiness and hydration to those in need. That is a huge part of being “respectful”, to be respectful to those who are less fortunate that you. In this way, again you are doing your part of bringing peace to the world, one bottle of water at a time.
Recently, there has not been to many thoughts coming from me, Mango, but things will be back on track this week! Mango will be tantalizing your taste-buds as well as your “Mind-buds” again! Until next time, you know the rules… “SMILE”, be kind to all you pass and remember, you are one “AWESOME” human being and you make a huge, wonderful difference that could never be filled by anyone but YOU! Peace
EVERYDAY, if blessed with that gift, we have the choice to show up as the greatest version of who we can be or not! Choose to be GREAT!