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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    I wish I'd been there to see that, Goshin. Thanks for sharing.

    You're right; there is an ugly coarsening in public life. I hope we're not becoming People of Walmart.

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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    I voted that it's a norm, AND that it's a big problem.

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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Do you feel that disrespect among young people (ages teens to early 20s) is rampant?

    My own children are 16 and 14, and I'm telling you... cursing and disrespectful behavior isn't tolerated. Although they will try to get away with it, there are very clear and very swift consequences. My children do not swear at me, teachers or other adults. However, some of their friends DO and it seems that either because of lack of parental guidance or laxa-daisy enforcement by school officials country wide - it appears at least, to be an epidemic of sorts.

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    teenagers are mostly disrestpectful but it is not always their fault because we have been passing through a very interesting millenium century in which everything seems so fast food , senseless and like a google world, that makes everything too easy to reach .

    and even little children are so so different ,smarter and self confident than the previous generation .

    l remember we used to show a full respect to our teachers and try to behave in the class . internet world created new dynamics in every part of this newglobal world .it has both good and bad sides
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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Being disrespectful is always a choice, no matter what your age.

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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Big time. Heard a story about some 18 year old bitch cussing out a judge. He threw her in jail for 30 days.

    I loved it.

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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    I think it is the norm for kids to be disrespectful, but for anyone who thinks kids have only recently started being little brats:


    Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I think it is the norm for kids to be disrespectful, but for anyone who thinks kids have only recently started being little brats:


    Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
    it means our civilization doesnt make any progress


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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Heh, this looks like a good time to tell a story about my father. He was in his late sixties when this happened, so it was probably 1990 or so.

    My Dad and Mom, and his best friend "Buck" and his wife, had gone out together for dinner; afterwards they decided to go to the local mall and stroll around. They had just entered when a pair of young men, around 18-20 yo, came walking by casually cursing at each other at the top of their lungs.

    My Dad and his buddy Buck, were both very old-school gentlemen... they were also WW2 vets and tough as nails. They grabbed the aforementioned young men and pinned them to the wall, and told them that here in the South men didn't use such foul language in front of ladies. They then invited the young men to apologize to the ladies in question (their wives)... the guys did this quickly and then ran off as soon as Dad and Buck let them go.

    I was about 25-26 at the time, and when Mom told me what had happened I was torn between the conflicting desires to laugh my head off, and/or castigate my father vigorously for starting something that could have had serious consequences, and/or clapping him on the shoulder and saying "well done!"

    I settled for laughing a little and telling him, in a half-joking manner, that maybe Buck was a bad influence and he shouldn't hang out with him. Except come to think of it he was about as bad as Buck.

    Sadly both Dad and Buck are gone now, and with them most of the men and most of the values of the Greatest Generation, and even in the South public decency has coarsened a great deal. Still I look back fondly on those old men I knew and wonder if we'll ever see their like again.
    That's endearing and cute - really - yes - the older generations can do stuff like that and look exactly that way: endearing and cute.

    But if my husband ever did something like that I'd be so embarrassed - it would cause major problems. I'm not fragile or incapable of just ignoring people in public.
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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    We've become quite a bit more cruder over the years. When cuss words flow through people's speech every few words, there's a problem. I'm not that bothered by it in general, long as one realizes there is a time and place for everything; that applies to one's manner of speech among other things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I think it is the norm for kids to be disrespectful, but for anyone who thinks kids have only recently started being little brats:


    Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
    As it's been said before, every generation always has something bad to say about the next one.
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    Re: Disrespect; a society norm or is it a huge problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I think it is the norm for kids to be disrespectful, but for anyone who thinks kids have only recently started being little brats:


    Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
    That's awesome - Socrates kicks ass for that observation
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