America: Land of the Selfish 41 replies

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Shintsu

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#21 12 years ago
Ihaterednecks;3660006Ever notice there's a new "America Sucks" every week?

I don't think America sucks, what has happened to the people of America and generally the way society has become sucks. Back in the 50s and 60s, you could leave your front door unlocked, your car unlocked with the key in the ignition, and no one ever messed with anything. Not today, people have several locks on their front doors, and they're bolted up tight. Cars all have alarms on them now, because people try and steal them all the time, even with locked doors and no keys at all.

Really this could be said about the entire world, except the non-industrialized countries. The only people I know who don't lock their front door are elderly people. Everyone else thinks someone will break in their house and steal something, and sadly this has become very possible. I mean, it used to be that you could say hello or wave to someone even if you didn't know them, and everyone was polite and did the same back. Now you can say hello to a neighbor going to their mailbox and they just give you a dirty look.




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#22 12 years ago

Shintsu;3658366I've lived in the United States all of my life. When I was little, I didn't really care about a lot that went on around me. I really miss the ability to do that now. I've tried to figure it out, but I can't. Nothing makes any sense whatsoever what people think, not on a consistent basis.

In America, we are so selfish. Why? Have we become so spoiled that we don't care about anything else but ourselves? People are on a downward trend, no one is good anymore. The bad people used to be hard to find, but now it's hard to find the good ones. Why do people have such rock solid beliefs on things that aren't that important and could stand to be better thoughts. I know some people who refuse to go into a fast food place, they must go through the drivethrough no matter how long it is.

Other countries don't seem to have this problem, no where approachable to the US. Is it because we have a big advanced army? We're so powerful we feel like nothing can hurt us or stop us? I just went up to the store, and this off-duty fireman was tailgating all these people, I go to pass him he speeds up, I give it good gas and get in front of him, so he just passes me and cuts in front of me anyway. Why are the people who're supposed to save lives and help people such assholes?

Somehow, I don't think the Founding Fathers intended for the US to become what it is now when they made it. We treat the world in a way like we are so much better than everyone else, and I don't understand what makes people think the US is the only good nation in the world. We're a careless people, and I don't know why things that should bother us really make no difference in our lives at all.

Even in the 80's we weren't so selfish, but the 90's started making people think less about anything but just themselves and screw all the other people out there. It's a lost cause today, far gone to a point of no return. No one really cares about the world, other people, the rest of the world, the future, none of it. I'm ashamed to be a part of this nation. God help America...

I'm absolutely sure that if we didn't have a powerful army that we wouldn't be tailgating or using the Drive-thru, oh hell no- if we had a feeble little army, we'd be eating Sit down, and we'd drive like Good Samaritans.

Seriously, I just don't see the problem here, I don't agree with being a total asswipe all the time, but I don't see how to solve the problem other than on a personal level, if you see somewhere where you can improve the life of a fellow human being, go for it- but other than that, it is unfortunate that people in a hurry don't really care about anyone but themselves, but the only ones who can help it are quite frankly them.

Why have things changed? You could say that as people stopped following religion, they stopped following the moral codes that go with that religion, or you could just as easily say that people have changed- because lets face it, a good portion of the US call themselves Christians, so you can't exactly blame the lack of religion for all of our problems, so who can we blame?

Ourselves, as things get more convenient, we have higher standards, we feel that when people get in the way of our standards, such as... being in between you and a exceedingly fast drive to work, or you and a parking spot thats closer to the door, that you have full right to be as snotty to those people as is humanely possible, as that would make your standards come to be fulfilled.

This is just my theory, of course- and for all I know, I could be completely wrong, but this is just what I conceive to be the reason people put themselves above others.

Also, it depends where you live- here people are a lot nicer than they are in other parts of the nation, if you see somebody you know, and they see you here they will often wave, or what not, often times you don't even know them beyond a name level, people are just friendly in the midwest (or at least here, they are), the differences I don't know, perhaps it has to do with the degree to which people are busy?

BTW, Would you guys stop talking about foreign wars and the friggen Berlin Airlift, that has nothing to do with what the poster was talking about, he was talking about common courtesy and about the care of one American for another American, after all- you don't think about Charity and being nice to your neighbor as the same, now do you?




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#23 12 years ago

i actually did a study 1 week while i was going to school i waved to 100 people while i was driving down the road (an actual wave not the "YOU'RE NUMBER ONE" finger) out of the 100 i waved to only 9 actually waved back, it's like i was coming home yesterday i was stopped at a red light waiting to be able to turn and the lady behind me was in such a hurry she almost rammed me.

of course when the light turned green she gave me the bird because i didnt try to "beat the clock". i guess it just goes to show when people are in a hurry they're in a bad mood, so they are complete assholes.




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#24 12 years ago

People are in a hurry because they need to get from point A-B on time, if they don't then they will get their pay docked or get fired, ofcourse that's going to make people upset.




Shintsu

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#25 12 years ago

If it's such a major issue, people should prepare and plan ahead so they don't have to rush. It's stupid to constantly be almost late to the same thing you always have to go to like a job. Simply leave earlier.




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#26 12 years ago

Maybe they should get up or leave quicker then, commen sense if America has it.




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#27 12 years ago

Common Sense, Planning Ahead? Bullshit, people aren't machines they forget, they make mistakes, repeatedly even. People have to go work at any and all hours of the day. Imagine waking up at 3:45 AM to make it to a job at 5 AM, it happens every day to many if not most americans, maybe not those specific times, but it's not easy getting to work period, espescialy if you are like most Americans, living below poverty level, and hating your job.




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#28 12 years ago

Thats there fault not the people around them. I plan ahead of things and i wake up pritty early in the morning does that make me a machine?.




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#29 12 years ago

It doesn't make you a machine, it simply means that you have a stable life, most people do not have a stable life and that isn't their fault, and if it is, that doesn't matter because none of us can change our pasts.




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#30 12 years ago

the only problem about the wave when you drive is probably 80% didnt notice you wave, or they thought you knew the person in the next car and where waving to them

i always honk and wave at my friends when i see them on the road, but they usualy dont notice me just cause they arent paying any attention or i see them walking they look around like idiots trying to figure out who honked