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  • I think you are right on many levels. I think one problem is many BUT not all parents are not teaching it at home. I don't mean this is a problem that is a cause of unruly children but that of the parents and adults in there lives who teach by example rude behavior. I think we live in a 'me" world and on many levels have to fend for ourselves, as in our jobs and such. The problem is that has crossed over to the rest of our lives. Our world is surrounded with reality tv shows where each player for themselves. We watch it, we imitate it, we have it done to us and pass it along. I suppose our prayer should be to each try to rise above it as Catholics and show others God's love and teach our children the same. We will not make this a perfect world but there is always room for God's light to shine more. God Bless You Mary.

    Posted on Aug 16th, 2010 at 12:43 PM by Melissa B

  • In general ,I feel that rude people (like Mary described ) are very unhappy people. There's a lot of emphasis these days, put on being good to yourself....For some, this gives the mistaken feeling that "they" r more entitled to most everything in life. This leads to lots of selfish ,lonely lives searching for happiness in the wrong places. I tend to "pity" these unfortuate people.

    Posted on Aug 16th, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Pam

  • It was an eye opener to see how rude people have been to you. You would think it would be the other way around with your disability. Your blog is nagging at me, how have things changed? We were raise in Catholic schools where respect was taught as a highest priority! The world seems to be losing this quickly. I think T.V. has a lot to do with it. Only the worst news is shown. I really think we learn by what we see and how others act. Thanks, Mary for the eye opener! We all need to be more courteous of others!

    Posted on Aug 16th, 2010 at 4:28 PM by Peggy

  • I must confess--I'm absolutely horrified by the treatment you have received! There is no excuse for it, except maybe total ignorance and self-absorption. The only thing I can offer is perhaps your various experiences must be similar to what Christ experiences from our callous/thoughtless souls on a daily basis. But it still doesn't make it any easier to be on the receiving end of rude behavior! Thank you for reminding me about the importance of kindness and courtesy. Wow!

    Posted on Aug 16th, 2010 at 7:51 PM by Colleen Duggan

  • I am 52 years old, and just went back to finish my university degree. I have gone to school with our young adults and I disagree a bit on what the 'cause' of this is. I think a lot of people these days may, as the first commentator stated be centered on a 'me first, have to look after myself' attitude, but it is more than that. Many parents have in their haste, and their attempt to bring children up with a 'good self esteem' have swung too far on the pendulum. Many have forgotten to include the basic concept of respect for others. Instead, I think that parents should be teaching self respect, not self esteem, which to me is an artificial concept not based on anything. Teaching self respect gives more latitude to include respect for others. Also, many people see the world as more dangerous, more hazardous (which I don't think it is), and are afraid to be nice to someone, or they may get taken advantage of. My humble opinion on the matter.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Roxanne

  • I think it all comes back to the lack of RESPECT!! I am angry at those people who didn't respect you or your situation. Your story has caused me to be more aware of those around me and to be more courteous. My problem is "sarcasm". That is my weapon of choice.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 1:51 PM by Kathy R.

  • Rudeness will always be with us, but our responses are critical to our own emotional health. I look at it as a challenge to practice my faith by saying a brief prayer ( Num. 6: 24-26) he/she probably needs. After all Jesus did say to "... pray for those who persecute you," (Mt. 5:44). To counter anger I look for the humor of the situation or picture the person as a cartoon character I can draw later. Dominus Vobiscum.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 3:27 PM by Wayne H. Gifford

  • Hi Mary, So sorry for the way people have treated you, especially with your handicapping condition. I have found that most people are kind (holding doors etc.), but some are self absorbed! These people don't care or think about anyone except themselves. And, they have not been taught to be kind through no fault of their own. Even schools in 2010 do not stop and actually teach and MODEL appropriate behavior. All we can do is act and BE like Our Lord and hope ( and pray ) it catches on. God bless ! Pat

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 8:09 PM by Pat K

  • I think that people are so self-absorbed these days that rudeness is the result. Most of the time we get to have things are own way -- from specialty lattes to personalized music streams that the needs of the 'other' just disappear -- if we recognize that the other even exists. We need to unplug.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 9:19 PM by unknown

  • First, I am appalled at how you were treated by these people, but sadly not surprised. Second, the subject of rudeness has been bothering me for several years now. We are a society focused on “me” and we just push everyone out of our way or ignore their needs whether they are old, young or handicapped. I also know there are times when I can be rude, but as you said, I try to be respectful of others and expect the same in return. I am afraid that common curtesy and The Golden Rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a casualty of our modern, fast-paced, selfish society.

    Posted on Aug 18th, 2010 at 8:38 AM by Carol