Merriam Webster defines “Retarded” as follows: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress. First use: 1895
People should really take a moment and self examine how they treat others. What happened to courtesy? When did loved ones cease caring? When exactly did people stop being functional as human beings ? Why does how much money you earn determine your worth and value as a person ?
Over the last year several things have become clear to me.
1: People DO NOT know how to communicate. People are quick to defend, quick to anger and quick to judge. People can’t seem to articulate or really say what they mean anymore.
2: People have become socially “retarded”. It seems we are so buried in our work, gadgets and ourselves to even KNOW how to properly interact with others. “Oh you updated your status? It MUST be about me.” Then you can expect a flood of irrational, angry, sometimes threatening, often hurtful text messages.
3: People are threatened by confident people. If you’re a confident woman that automatically makes you a bitch.
4: People are consumed by materialistic ideals. MUST HAVE, MUST HAVE, even if I can’t afford it. MUST HAVE MUST HAVE, now I’m bored. People can’t stop and be grateful for what they have, they’d rather focus on what they don’t.
5: People are just as disposable as those little pink plastic razors we buy in bulk. If you disagree with an opinion or even have an opinion people can take that personally. I learned the hard way that because I was a forgiving person with a chronic illness that I have become disposable to many. Even family members.
6: People forget that others have feelings too. We live in an “All about me” society where no one helps you unless they get something out of it. Where did charity, compassion and kindness go? Is it sitting in a landfill somewhere amongst a pile of useless cell phones?
7: People are selfish. Enough said.
8: Grace. “These are skills that are needed for behaving in a polite way in social situations” (Merriam Webster). Most people seem to lack this. Use words in a polite way if you’re mad at someone. Check your temper because everyone is way overheated these days and it’s likely you will say things you don’t really mean.
9: Making mountains out of molehills. People overreact constantly over the dumbest shit. My advice to all you wound up, tightly strung individuals, “Chill the fuck out”. Sit down and think rationally before you speak or act with the mind the good Lord gave you for all that is holy.
10: Personal victories and success. Traditionally speaking, if a loved one or friend has something good happen to them, you’d be happy for them right? Nope. No one cares, keep it to yourself, someone somewhere is going to be A) Offended B) Jealous or C) Aloof. Just celebrate being you with the people you are closest to. You know who they are.
It makes me sad that this is the world we live in now. Everyone’s out for number one in a dog eat dog world. The number of jerks and assholes out there far exceed the number of genuinely good and kind people; and if you are genuinely kind, you get taken advantage of and walked over. It’s almost like we are slowly devolving back to the apes we allegedly came from (Oh I’m going to take heat on that one, but Rh factor and Rhesus monkey genes, look it up) I fear we’re just a mere few years away from grunting and just grabbing things we want again.
Live Humbly, Be Charitable, Live Graciously,
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