We can always use more soap

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 1:20 PM
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  • I have to agree with this, Ivy. Too many people anymore raise their kids to believe that they can get away with anything and the parents have a 'My child wouldn't do anything wrong' attitude. When I was growing up there wasn't any of that---my mother and stepfather would believe anything bad about us that anyone told them.

    There is a new book called 'I See Rude People.' Unfortunately, too many people have this problem. They can't say please or thank you, they think road rules apply to everyone but them, etc. At my last job, I worked with someone who would walk away from a customer to answer her cell phone, even when she knew it was her son calling to ask for money. Then she would argue with him that she couldn't talk because she had a customer!! She shouldn't even have answered the phone. I never could understand why no one ever, amazingly, called her on this---I certainly would have if I had gone up to her as a customer and she did this to me.

    -- Posted by foxcollector on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 3:15 PM
  • Ivy,

    Your post stepped right into an area that has long been on my mind. I have represented people in their disputes for a little less than 20 years. Things are not like they were in 1992.

    Your quote from Confucius seems to hit the nail squarely on the head.

    "To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

    Without trying to sort out causes, I believe that we can see that there has been a breakdown in the social fabric that starts with the hearts of individuals.

    60 years ago we asked what we could do for our nation, not what it could do for us. 50 years ago we went to the moon because it was hard to do, not easy. 40 years ago we stared in wonder at riots and social upheaval as hippies smoked pot and shouted "peace." 30 years ago everyone had to have a Cuizinart, VCR, and cocaine was quietly socially acceptable. 20 years ago we demanded no blood for oil while complaining about gas prices. We also asserted that it certainly wasn't Johnny's fault that he was in trouble in school. In the last 10 years, nearly everyone projects their ego to the world through the Internet.

    While not everyone has taken these paths, a great percentage of Americans have become egocentric narcissists. Their hearts are not right, their families are unsound, our nation is divided, and the world is on the edge of upheaval.

    Hopefully, most of us will take the time to work on putting our hearts right. If we do, we may see profound change for the better.

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:42 AM
  • On the note of being American, My husband is a retired Veteran. We are proud that this Town has honored the fallen Hero's and have posted the military pictures in the papers of past & present.But what we do not understand is why doesn't any of our local businesses show their gratitude by giving military discounts to service members and veterans.My husband asks everywhere we go , if they have military discounts in our local stores and the answer is no. There is a few places in Terre Haute that do.

    -- Posted by skycirrus on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:32 PM
  • Very good Ivy!! Keep up the good work.

    -- Posted by bandmom_63 on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 2:08 PM
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