Much has been lost
Posted by jonjayray on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 04:32 AM
An email from a list I am on:
All my life I have lived in South East London. At my parents house, where I lived for many years before I moved out, was a lovely, decent area, where the neighbours always looked out for one another, ie, looking after animals whilst on holiday, assisting with various duties, lending our belongings for a variety of reasons, like garden parties etc. The conversation was always polite and well-mannered between each other, no bad language or fights, etc. Even if there was differences in opinion or taste, they were always respected and tolerated.
What a difference it is where I am currently living. Our home is tidy, well presented and furnished to good taste and cosy, and we (my girlfriend included) always intend to keep it that way. What a shame our yobbish neighbours, aged anywhere from 18 to 40+ can’t behave in a similar fashion. There’s people below me who regularly take drugs, both soft and hard, often shouting, slamming doors, beeping their car horns at the slightest reasons, spitting everywhere, grafitti on the freshly painted stairways, dumped cars in the car park, total lack of respect for anyone who looks at them in a way other than is supposed to show deference and fear. Myself and my girlfirend totally despair, and thankfully, are only renting. We cant wait to move out and relocate to a nicer, smarter area.
The majority of people these days, seem to be just like these people as described above, anyone who doesnt conform to their warped idiocy and selfishness, are regarded as a soft target. How many times have you seen a man dressed as a teenager, in their hipster jeans and hooded tops, shouting obscenities into their mobile phone to be glaring at you in a threatening manner as you look at them in barely disguised disgust and sadness, sadness at what should be a pleasant, ordinary visit to the shops or whatever. How many time have you seen a young mother, and when I say young, I mean barely out of school leaving age, pushing a twin pram, need I say AHEAD of her into the road whilst conversing to one of her slaggish friends about who she slept with the night before, or moaning about the lack of benefit.
These women or girls look like sluts, in their fake designer clothes, their midriff all exposed and pierced, etc. When these children grow up, whos going to be their role model? Who’s going to teach them, that in life you should work hard to succeed? Whos going to tell them off for swearing at school? Its an absolute disgrace, and I despair at modern Britain, and at modern life in general.
I long for the days when I can leave my house and see people of various ages, dressed in a smart manner. Ladies that look like ladies in a skirt of a decent length with a feminine blouse or jacket, polished shoes. Men, that are dressed like gentleman, in a suit and tie, with polished shoes. People that say hello to you in the street or wish you good morning/afternoon as you pass them in the road. Neighbours that would be only to happy to look after you if you where old, or sick. Teachers that command respect in the classroom, and have the law on their side. Policemen and women who convey respect and have the law and decent society foremost in their minds as they carry out their duties. High Streets that are free from grafitti and sputum/vomit/pee, and arent riddled with people with criminal intent. Television shows that arent celebrating loutish, anti social behaviour, music that is entertaining not discriminatory and offensive. Politicians that aren’t self-serving, nest feathering folks, that are there to improve the lot of the law-abiding whole and very firm on those who aren’t.
I think the worm will turn, one day, but unfortunatly not in my/our lifetime. If I had the funds, I would set up a community, i.e. village and have our own codes of decency and principles, based on those of our Victorian forefathers and have a very happy, peaceful life. Then again, how long would it take for some MP to say we are non-inclusive and would wish to see us be more inclusive to minorities?