I spent the last weekend in some of the most affluent sections of the Garden State, also known as New Jersey. I was a guest. What I saw and what I experienced was quite different than what I expected.
I watched the interactions between several affluent parents and their children. I now know that as a civilized society we are doomed.
Common courtesy is non existent. Words such as "please," "thank you," "excuse me" or "I beg your pardon" are no longer used by parents or their children.
These parents are too self absorbed to notice when their children slam the door in an adult's face. They could care less when they are blocking access to the entrance of a restaurant. It's okay to elbow you out of the way so they can move to the front of the line so they can place their order ahead of you.
These are the parents who live in the best communities, want their children to go to the best schools, and get the best jobs. They could care less about us. We're just in the way.
I was happy that I don't live in these communities in Burlington county. It is repulsive.
It's nice to know that I will probably be too old or dead by the time the progeny of these repulsive thirtysomethings are old enough to become voting citizens of this republic.
I wish I could give these parents a dope slap every time I saw them fail to correct their children's abhorrent behavior. But then, they wouldn't understand why I was doing it to begin with.