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Things must change to restore civility

Things must change to restore civility

Where did the kindness go?

 

America as a country was where people cared, where they were kind, helpful, and civil. A country where people greeted you politely on the street, who treated others with respect, and who obeyed the law of the land.

Unfortunately rudeness, crudeness, bullying, cheating, embezzling, murder, and drug abuse are getting to be more prevalent.

All of these are extensions of very bad manners. We aren’t respecting other people or their property. We need to inspire and equip this generation of children, teens and parents to live with civility, character, integrity and respect, the principles our country was founded upon.

Our problem seems to be from our busy, fast-paced society, where often both parents are working outside the home. Where children are overly involved in sports, music lessons, and other activities, there’s often little time available for parents to pass on important life skills and basic manners to their children. Compounding the problem are the many overly stressed single-parent families and the high number of latch-key children who have excessive unsupervised time.

In addition, parents and educators are realizing that much of the music, movies, television and the internet children consume are generally not good reinforcers of the proper moral values and manners. The impact of these social forces is having a serious effect on our society. We need to address this growing problem before it gets worse. 

Remember, our country is only as good as the people who are living in it. So it is about time we change how we are doing things.

Walter “Neal” Brazell

Rotterdam

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