“This world would be great, if it weren’t for all the people in it!” Daddy often said. At the time when he would tell me this, I took him literally. “But, Daddy,” I protested, “if there weren’t any people, you wouldn’t be here!” I have since learned what he meant and today was a prime example of it right in front of me on my way to my car before heading home.
A mother and two daughters, one much younger (about 3 or 4 years old if I had to guess) and the other was about 10-12 years old if I had to guess. The mother tried handing a plastic fast food glass of water to the older daughter. “Here, will you hold this for me?” The daughter folded her hands and adamantly refused. “It’s not my drink!” The mother tried again. “No, it’s not. It’s your sister’s.” Again the daughter shouted all the louder. “If it’s not mine I don’t want it!” The mother breathed an exasperated sigh, angrily placed the glass on the floor, and took the younger daughter by the arm and escorted her into the restroom to my right.
Since when did we, as a whole, become so self-absorbed? So self-centered? Selfish? I was saddened and angry. If I hadn’t been on the phone with my mom telling her I was on my way home, I’d probably have intervened and explained to the older daughter that there will come a time in her life when she would need help like her mom and someone will be so self-centered, self-absorbed, and/or selfish and refuse to help her. Then I’d ask how she’d like to be in that place. I’d probably also say, “You should feel privileged and fortunate to have your sister and mom still with you. I don’t have my dad any more and I’d give anything to be able to do something to help him again. One day that will happen to you and you won’t have your mom or your sister. Count yourself lucky and fortunate that they are still here!”
The whole rest of my trip home, I kept thinking about that family and about our society as a whole. Why have we become so selfish and greedy? Black Friday and Thanksgiving (in America) is a prime example of this. We spend the day hours of Thanksgiving being happy for what we have and with family; towards evening we start planning our “battle plan of attack” and where and what order to hit up the big sales. We barely get any sleep as we’re shopping the late evening of Thanksgiving and all day Black Friday. We fight others for the last doll or action figure on the shelf; we punch our way through the crowds and demand the lowest price. Greedily we purchase only the best and finest of anything and everything for the family we left at home or somewhere else shopping and doing the same as we did.
“This world would be so great, if it weren’t for all the people in it!” Yes, Daddy, I get it now! I understand. If only people weren’t so selfish, self-centered, and self-absorbed; we could finally have a decent way of life and the world would be a much better place.
Love and prayers, as always! ❤