Wonder and Humility vs. Entitlement - where did we go wrong?
I am constantly amazed at how many times a day I run into others who feel entitled to do whatever they want - run red lights, turn left from the right-hand lane, brush their hair while talking on the phone while driving a Hummer, yelling at someone who mildly inconvenienced them, or whatever.
I watched a woman going down the road about two weeks ago in 40MPH traffic with her phone in her right hand and a cup of steaming goodness in her left hand, while she also used the left to steer (one finger!) She was doing about 30 in the left lane, directly in front of my new car. While I watched, with no turn signal and without looking in her mirrors AT ALL, she cut over into the right lane, cutting off someone who was going the same speed as the rest of traffic. He smashed into her back end, at which time she spilled her coffee (duh!). When she finally stopped, she got out of her car AND SHE BLESSED HIM OUT! I stayed for the police and told them exactly what happened.
How did we, as a society, get to a point where we no longer feel a sense of responsibility and humility, much less wonder and gratefulness?
MLB posted a great, short video on his site yesterday with Conan O'Brien hosting the comedian Louis CK. Now, Louis is usually fairly crude in his standup. However, when on TV, he sits, so he keeps it relatively clean. Louis expounds about the lack of wonder we feel these days, and relates it to what things were like when he was younger. And it hit home for me.
So, please, click here* and watch the video. It's just a few minutes long. Then think about what he is saying. Apply it to your life. You might find that doing so makes you happier. A sense of wonder is what we had when we were kids, and it made life interesting and much more fun than it has been since we lost it. I know that not all of you lost it. I still have it for the most part, and, when life is tough for me, that sense keeps me going. There's just so much more stuff out there that is so cool that I haven't seen or thought about, that when I come across it, I get to feel a little giddy again. Even when I'm just flying in a plane, which I get to do Thursday, on my way to professing my thankfulness for it all. "Sitting in a chair...in the SKY!"
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* - I had to change this link (12.31.2008) because NBC Universal yanked it off of YouTube do to proprietary rights. I am trying to find out how I can acquire the right to show it here legally. Anyway, I searched the web and found it on (usually barefoot) meg's site. I've linked to it there, but that link may disappear, too. Thanks, UBMeg! Maybe my nine readers will discover your site through this link!