The Knights of the Round Table were characters in the legends about King Arthur. They were the best knights in King Arthur’s kingdom, and lived in King Arthur’s castle, Camelot. They were called the Knights of the Round Table because of a special table that was in Camelot, that was round instead of rectangular. This meant that everyone who sat around it was seen as equal.
Everyone was equal? What a concept! Today its all about me. We even have a site called “aboutme.com”. Full disclosure, I very much enjoy that site and it is a good calling card when job searching and putting information out there for people to really get to know you beyond the CV that they digitally read. What happened in the last 20 years that has turned us into selfish untrusting humans.
When I deal with humans (not all humans, I’m generalizing here) that are from the 55+ era, there is an air of unselfishness. They offer help without strings, they listen first without judging, they offer hard work with integrity. There is an overall idea that it is all for one and one for all. Now a days when you go to the bank for a mortgage they run you through their credit machine like you are applying for a job at CSIS! We have had several mortgages over the years and been with the same bank for 25 years and have never had one drop of an issue and they treated us like we were first time home buyers. Now, I realize that the purse strings have tightened because of the mortgage crises in the US, but there is a thing called humanity that should factor into the process. Our lovely mortgage and financial advisor (who is half my age) had to apologize and agree that the rules were somewhat unnecessary but she was bound by the rules to follow them to a tee.
When I recently tried to return a purchase to a national Canadian retailer, I had provided all that they needed to make a return and still they didn’t believe what I was saying. There had to be a Manager called in to verify that there was no box involved in the large garden water fountain that I was returning. Like I could have smuggled out that thing in my purse and made up a fake receipt.
When did this ME generation start? Is it going to get worse before it gets better? I shutter to think about when this selfish culture will peak and what it will look like. Will we start to turn on our families? If you have attended some pre-funeral get-to-gether’s you will know what I’m talking about. 😉
Like Mr. Jackson said, take a look in the mirror and make that change. I know that I won’t be able to change anyone else’s mind so I may as well start with my very tiny part in the universe and practice un-selfishness everyday. Let’s call it the EVERYONE STOP THINKING OF THEMSELVES FIRST generation (ok, that might need some work)……
Who’s with me!!!!!
” From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”