I was talking to a close friend about the culture of ungratefulness that seems to be all around us.
What do I mean?
Well….I know so many children and adults who expect everything but put very little in. This can range from: –
Children and young adults inviting their friends over without consulting others about it. Â Is anyone else coming over? Who will make the dinner? Mum will just have to sort it!
My spouse has a laptop. It’s as good as mine. I can use it, move it, take it with me. All without asking!
The calendar shows he’s at home, so I’ll take the car! I don’t own it. It’s a gift and of sentimental value but I don’t need to have a conversation about it.
When I need to buy a property I’ll just get the money off my folks. They have to help me get on the ladder. It’s their duty!
I want to buy these things but I don’t have the money so I’ll ask dad to sub it or get a credit card. Other options include – getting a job, saving or getting a second job. Are these options considered or chosen?
I’m busy. Someone else will stack the dishwasher and empty it! It’s not as big a job as washing up so it’s OK!
I want a baby shower. Someone else will organise it. I’m sure they’ll talk to me and organise it according to my vision! I’ve got too many other things to manage so I can’t put in much time but I will direct!
She’ll wipe up the crumbs from the toast I made. I haven’t got the time.
I want a drink. Within a few hours there are FIVE glasses on the table. All from one person!
New towels are the best! After 7 days there are 13 towels in the laundry basket! 1 for each day I showered and 1 for each time I washed me hair. BUT who washes them all?
Do you see and hear stuff like this?
Is it acceptable?
Is it reasonable?
Suraj · July 10, 2009 at 1:45 am
I couldn’t agree with this more. Parents need to be parents and not worry about what other people think about them raising their kids with humility and gratitude.
Heena Modi · July 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm
Thanks for this Suraj
Glad you agree 🙂
Sagar · July 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm
I totally agree. There was a video on aol last week of a 16 year old kid who got a truck for his birthday. Instead of being grateful he took a baseball bat out of the garage and began beating the truck. He thought he would look stupid in it because it wasn’t nice and new.
We live in a culture where people think they should get the world for nothing. It’s time for people to realize they must work to achieve things in life.
Sagar · July 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm
I agree with your post. I know that is not always necessarily true that past times were better but in this case I see a big change going on. In Spanish, it’s said “la persona is agraciada por agradecida” which basically means that “a person is lucky by being grateful”. Besides, it is sooooo easy to just say thanks.
Sagar · July 17, 2009 at 4:44 am
This is so true, you really don’t appreciate what you have until it gone, take the time to smell the roses is the way we all should go through life.
Helen · August 4, 2009 at 12:33 am
I absolutely agree with you, I’ve never seen people who are so unappreciative as they are right now… and won’t even lift a finger to help out another! It’s a sad world we’re living in!!!
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