As I walked through the store, I happen to stumble on an ongoing conversation between two elderly women. The conversation went something like this.
First Lady “I am appalled by the lack of respect that little boy just displayed, and what’s worse is that his father did not even caution him.“
Second Lady “I know what you mean. It seems that these values are gone with the wind. My own mother would turn in her grave if she had witness such.“
By this time I was so curious as to discover what the little boy had done. I lingered around for a while and then it came out. As it turned out, one of the ladies was the little boy’s teacher in school. He and his dad ran into his teacher in the store and even though his father was decent enough to offer the required salutations, the young chap did not see any reason to. Plus his dad let it pass without so much as pointing the boy in the right direction, let alone chide him for his actions.
This left the ladies at a loss for words. As if on impulse she demanded that the boy show proper behavior by saying “good afternoon”, but his reply was “I don’t have to if I don’t want to” and he walked off with his dad tailing right behind him. Is it so difficult to determine where that young man is going to be when he grows up?
It is time to face the hard truth; valuable morals in the world of today are being lost. We live in era where it is okay to walk past elderly folks without proper salutations, where kids can boldly point in the face of authorities in school and at home, where no one cares to take the pains in pronouncing names correctly. We live in a world of moral decline and yet we wonder why crime and violence is prevalent in our society.
I have often heard that charity begins at home. In my own interpretation, you want to raise moral children; you had better start from the home front. If that is missing, then that link can never be found elsewhere. I have heard that the home is the basic unit of any society. Right now, there are hardly any homes that are intact anymore. So how are we going to ever nurture leaders of tomorrow?
I guess this is food for thought. Let’s ponder on this for a while, take a good look at the values and morals we are displaying, because like it or not there is someone that will always look up to you. There are people that will always want to emulate you. The bottom line is, if you do not work on yourself, you will be the little thing YOU left undone, and doing that will cause an imbalance in the values we express in whatever environment we find ourselves in. Think long and hard folks.