Sorry for my recent absence from this medium. I have been inundated with various assignments, and RageBoy rehearsals/performances. Whilst walking home from one particular show last week, I was most upset to find it had started raining. On the short walk home I was most surprised to see a young lad holding an umbrella for a girl, as the two hurriedly headed for shelter.
“Surprised?” you ask? Well, yeah. I had hitherto thought that ethics and chivalry were dying faster than the Ozone Layer. It is not often that one sees a person give their seat to an elderly person, or other such acts that would have been commonplace in past generations. Where did all the good manners go? Whatever happened to holding doors open for ladies, pursuit of the truth at all costs, and generosity of heart?
I cannot help but place the blame squarely on current societal trends in first world countries. We are surrounded by people who think primarily of themselves; who would rather buy the latest mobile phone than save or donate their money; and who often squander away that which they do not have whilst in pursuit of the idyllic suburbanite dream.
It must be said that the problem does not only lie with the ‘general public’. The large corporations which shape people’s images of themselves are also accountable. They approve and distribute the contrived and idealistic advertisements. I can recall a news story in recent times which reported that certain banks were giving their staff a larger commission for opening a credit card account than a savings account.
I know there is very little chance of changing any of this, along with all the problems of disease, famine, unjustified wars and global warming. But I suppose it is just nice to know that there is some last vestige of chivalry and decency tip-toeing around in these troubled times.