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Are You Socially Responsible?

Updated on August 31, 2014

A Heavy Question for Sure

Before we begin, let me borrow from my good friends at Wikipedia for a definition:

“Social responsibility is an ethical theory that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act to benefit society at large.”

I was reading, recently, an online article about the drought in California, and steps that are being taken by that state. Los Angeles, for example, is offering $3 for every square foot of grass that is replaced by more drought tolerant plants or even rocks.

I silently applauded the political leaders of Los Angeles for taking that step, but then I started wondering why people needed that incentive in the first place. I mean, this drought in the western states is serious. Water shortages are frightening, and brush and forest fires are raging as I write this article. Wouldn’t it seem to you that citizens would stop watering their lawns out of a sense of social responsibility? Why do they have to receive a cash reward before doing the right thing?

I then got a firm grasp on reality and realized that not everyone believes in social responsibility. In fact, a quick look around you will convince you that very few people actually believe in it.

I was clueless and yes, selfish, in my twenties.
I was clueless and yes, selfish, in my twenties. | Source

The Theory of Social Responsibility

Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.

Carrie Underwood


It’s not often a writer quotes Carrie Underwood, but this one just did and I’m proud of it. J

As I was doing my research on social responsibility, I found it interesting that most articles about that subject were related to corporate social responsibility and not individual.

“…..an obligation to act to benefit society at large.”

It seems to me that a community will never reap the full benefits of being a community unless individual citizens embrace this theory. I would love to tell you that I have great faith in our government, but I do not. I would love to tell you that I have great faith in the major corporations, but I do not.

In fact, my faith in my fellow men and women is waning at this moment, but it has not totally disappeared.

I took a trip through the detritus of my past, and it was not a pleasant trip. I was remembering fishing trips I took when I was younger. We always packed a cooler with beer and soda, the cans held together in six-packs by those little plastic rings, and when we had finished a six-pack we would toss those rings over the side of the boat and let them float off to do their damage to the sea life around us.

Today I would never dream of doing such a thing, just as I would never dream of dumping motor oil down the sewer drain, or hundreds of other irresponsible actions that could hurt the environment. And yet millions of people still do those things. They are aware of the damage they are causing but still they do it.

It is a slippery slope once we stop caring about our social responsibility
It is a slippery slope once we stop caring about our social responsibility | Source

GMOs AND OTHER THINGS

Is there anyone in the United States who does not know about genetically modified foods and the danger to health that they impose? Still, millions of Americans go to the grocery store weekly and buy the products that are harmful to them. Companies like Monsanto have completely shirked their social responsibility for the sake of profit, and yet we support them.

Is that socially responsible?

Rachel Carson warned us back in the 60s of the dangers of pesticides, and yet RoundUp continues to rack up millions in profits because citizens deem it more important that they kill weeds rather than they protect the environment.

Is there doubt in anyone’s mind that we are rapidly depleting our supply of crude oil? Then why do people insist on buying large SUVs and trucks with V8 or, God forbid, V12 engines?

Is it really possible that people simply don’t care?

Yes!

I've had people tell me they can't be bothered recycling because it is such a hassle.

I've had people tell me that sex trafficking is someone else's concern and not their's.

Unemployment? Homelessness? Hate crimes? They can't be bothered with such nonsense because it does not directly affect them.

Really?

And the Beat Goes On

We cry about the high cost of medical care but do very little to live a healthy lifestyle. We cry because our foods are poisoned and yet we do not support local farmers and in fact complain about the high cost of organic foods. We cry because our politicians refuse to listen to us and act on our needs, but half of us can’t be bothered to make an appearance on voting day.

We piss and moan about the sorry state of education in this country, but it never dawns on us to take part in overhauling the system. We demand that the military keep us safe, and yet could care less when hundreds of thousands of retired military personnel are homeless on the streets. We decry police brutality and political corruption, but not once do we attend city council meetings and demand change.

We teach our children to be good little citizens and yet model exactly the opposite.

We pray in our churches and give to the collection plates, memorizing our Ten Commandments and singing the hymns, then go out into the real world and act uncivilized.

I say enough whining about corporate social responsibility. When are we going to embrace it as individuals?

There are many good people, but are there enough?
There are many good people, but are there enough? | Source

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Food for Thought

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

Mahatma Gandhi


“….an obligation to benefit society at large.”

We can begin today, or we can continue to be one of the sheeple, plodding through life, hoping to be left alone in our safe little cocoons. We can begin today, choosing our actions according to the common good…the benefit of society at large, or we can continue to allow greed and selfishness to be our guiding stars.

Do not blame the politicians. We voted them into office and we continue to do so.

Do not blame the corporations. We feed their bank accounts by purchasing their products and services.

In fact, quit blaming anyone or anything, and get busy being a part of the solution.

Let me tell you about something that happened this last weekend. My wife and I took a walk down to the Farmer’s Market. During the five mile round trip, we made it a point to greet everyone we met during the walk. We ended up making eye contact and saying hello to thirty-two people along the way. We were met with an occasional look of suspicion, but for the most part we were greeted, in return, with smiles and genuine wishes of health and prosperity.

We passed a park bench situated under a large tree, an inviting place to rest on a hot day. Sitting on that bench was a homeless man reading a novel by John Sandford. We stopped and greeted him, and I had a short discussion with him about the book, which I had read and enjoyed. We were gifted with the greatest smile you could ever hope to see. In a nation seemingly filled with strangers, someone had taken the time to talk to this homeless man, and his gratitude was apparent and heartwarming.

I do not mention that story because I want a pat on the back, for a pat on the back is not deserved when all I was doing was being human.

Social responsibility begins with me.

I cannot point fingers if I’m not willing to be a part of the solution.

Social responsibility begins with you.

H.O.W. are you going to be part of the solution?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Paula...very true. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, great example about the homeless veteran. I would be right with you with tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing that....we do what we can, right? I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I love it when people write long comments. It means I touched them in some way, and isn't that why we all write? Thank you so much for the comment and for being the person you are.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Being socially responsible can be so hard sometimes as we as individuals get caught up in our daily lives taking care of family. Those who are have to make a concerted effort to push past human frailty and selfishness.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Yes, social responsibility is personal. I like your story about the homeless man. I have to admit, that I've become a little hardened from exposure to "will work for food signs". Sometimes though, I'm either fooled or moved. About a week ago, there was a man sitting in the Walmart parking lot. He had a sign that said Veteran needs help. At first I was going to try to get his story, but I decided that if he was a cheat, I didn't need to make him a liar too. I thanked him for his service, shook his hand, handed him some cash, and walked away. My wife told me that he saluted me. It almost brought tears to my eyes, because the last time I was saluted, was by my uncle, when he was only hours from death.

      Part of being socially responsible, is using any talent you might have in a positive way, to make the world a better place. I would say you are doing a heck of a good job of that my friend. Well done.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am so with you on everything you've written here! Was just having a conversation with someone about 'be the change' - make a positive contribution, help to shift the paradigm of thinking, stop talking about bad people and violence and contributing to that black pit of darkness that only sucks everyone down the hole - yes there are bad people, but there are also wonderful people who do good, kind deeds every day - focus on that, spread that. Be the change; offer up something from your soul that will help society. Doesn't mean we're 'suckers' or 'naive' it just means we're trying to affect change of thought. That's why I write, mostly about the power of words in music, but that's the reason. Billybuc, you did it again, I typed a book for a response! Enjoyed this very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate your thoughts, Social, and you brought it up perfectly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Social. I do think in many areas we have made great improvements. In others, I'm not sure if society is ignorant, apathetic, complacent, or what...but we still have strides to take.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I wasn't sure how to bring it up, last night, but I would suggest changing your word choice in your paragraph about church. I know it's common for people to use words like "heathen" to describe uncivilized people, but that's not actually a nice word choice. Most of the words we think mean "uncivilized" just describe a person belonging to a group we used to not understand: heathen, barbarbian, etc. I suggest just using "uncivilized" or the like to avoid relation to an actual group of misunderstood people. I'm just trying to help because it's such a great article.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I like the way you think! It's good you include when you weren't aware of the environmental damage caused by littering. Most people still don't know. I think that's easier for them to understand.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, there is nothing I can add to that wonderful tale. There but for the grace of God go I, my friend. Thank you for sharing that, and blessings to you always.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... great article as always. Several years ago I was entering a restaurant in Calgary and a homeless man was sitting outside on the curb with a very dejected look on his face, his shopping cart was loaded and obviously he needed some help. I asked if there was something I could so to help. He looked at me and a slight smile came across his face and all he said was I am hungry and they refused to serve me.

      Sad really and I invited him to join me. Immediately one of the staff attempted to send him back outside. All I said was this man is my guest. The response is what shocked me coming from a lady who stood behind me calling the man dirty and filthy. Society is so wrong at times towards those in need, yes some are not so clean, some are not dressed so great but they are still human, we all need food and all need love.

      Needless to say the man ate well that night and much to the horrified looking patrons in the restaurant. So sad really when that small act of kindness can change a life, even if it is for something as simple as a meal and taking the time to listen.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is as simple as that, Deb, which leads one to wonder why more people don't embrace it...oh, wait, maybe because they don't care enough????

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Social responsibility is easy IF one cares enough to do it. Simple as that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, bless you my friend, and I don't have an answer for you about the politicians. I have given up on national politics...I prefer to wield what influence I can on our little community....that's as far as I can think. There is no representation for you, nationally or statewide, and I wouldn't last one year in a strong red state....I just couldn't do it, so yes, I feel for you.

      bill

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I would not need an incentive to conserve on water, we are in an awful draught right now and I have not watered in over a month and the dust storm I created was horrible and I wondered why the grass/weeds would not die.

      Yes, I do believe in social responsibility as an individual. But, I do not believe that most rich people who are CEOs of high officials in corporations believe in corporate social responsibility. Corporations are not people as Mr. Romney claimed when he was campaigning.

      My grandparents who were responsible for most of my up bringing would not tolerate waste/detritus. You mentioned about those plastic rings that held a six pack together. I saw with my own eyes what these rings can do. A duck got tangled in the rings and drowned.

      I eat reasonable healthy, support local farmers markets.

      Politicians: I feel like I have no representation, I live in a red state and I VOTE blue, because I refuse to vote for one that is supposed to be the lesser of two evils.

      I am still paying for Medicare, I am on Medicare and it is not free, and the greedy politicians in the state I live in want it to go away along with Social Security, the greedy politicians want to go the way of Bobby Jindal and do away with public schools. They want to change history to make our children think the way they want them to think and not the way of truth.

      How do I as an individual fight against the greedy politicians who want to be the ruler of the roost.

      The court of conscience, for it to supersede the court of justice there would need to be a conscience. The greedy old politicians do no have a conscience. Like the Canadian born Cuban for example who only want to get approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

      Do not blame me I did not vote for one of these. And it has cost me. Starting with the editor of the newspaper I worked for, who worshiped Rush Limbaugh. And my next job and the next job and my poker buddies

      “Republican ambush - When the Left is Right and Right is Wrong.”

      I so appreciate your writing this and allowing me to vent. I will keep on voting even though my vote does not count.

      Voted up, UAI and shared

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that's all we can ask of anyone...is to try.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This is very thought-provoking. I'm not sure whether or not I'm socially responsible, but I'll keep trying to be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I applaud you for slowly turning your son around. This is a task that will take decades, but it will never happen if we don't start at some point, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I always know when I write articles like this one that I am preaching to the choir. Bravo to you for living a responsible life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Alicia. I appreciate it.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I applaud you for this hub Bill, and Your actions(and Bev's) to do all you can to be socially responsible. My wife and I try our best as well, but I admit we can do even more. I do think there are a lot of people who do care about the environment and others, but there are a damn sight more who don't (unless they thin there is something in it for them). I am constantly trying to convince my eldest son of these things. Hs argument continues to be "What difference can I make, I am only one person...a drop in the ocean...lalala" I am gradually starting to bring him around, but it's one step at a time. How amazing it would have been if that homeless man you came across had been reading a book called "resurrecting Tobias" by Bill Holland.... :) Have a great socially responsible day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice thought provoking hub with an important message for all!

      I AM, socially responsible and always try do my bit. But still there is scope for doing much more.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a thought provoking hub about an important topic, Bill, Thanks for sharing it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think they do, Dianna, and i know you would do the same. Thank you for always taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I enjoyed your write today, Bill. You just got to love the people who take time to talk to those who others ignore and consider a blemish to our society. Those small acts of kindness make a big difference.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for mentioning that, Carol. I haven't been to a doctor in twelve years...had no reason to....I take care of myself and it shows....seems so simple to me. :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Everything here resonated with me..However my favorite was the high cost of medical expenses. We work very hard to stay healthy----and the biggest benefit is that we feel better. Many of my friends do not exercise and eat out at least 3 times per week. ALL restaurant food is made to taste good so therefore we know what makes it taste that way. There are NO guarantees in life that we will live a long life and everyday is achallenge, but being responsible in our own lives--the best thing we can do. Voting UP and of course sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, I have missed your comments. My God you and I would have some great conversations if we ever sat down together. I have nothing to add to this.....beautifully stated, right on the money, and I can certainly see how you were voted Ms. Popularity. :) Thank you for taking the time to leave such a meaningful comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I love your attitude....there is nothing wrong at all with an optimistic outlook. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you imtii...hopefully, social activity will increase in your country, but first larger issues like poverty must be addressed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frustrating for sure, DDE. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, if I may summarize your beautiful comment, I will use your words....show and tell. If we do not walk our talk, then how do we expect others to act responsibly? Thank you for an outstanding comment, one I agree with completely.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! Yes, we do our part, and we try to inspire others, and the wheel goes round and round, and hopefully things will be better because of our efforts.

      Have a blessed Wednesday

      bill

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Corporations have most of the advantages of being a person but no conscience.

      Where does any able bodied person get the idea that other people should clean up after them? Speaking of littering here, as well as people who use free facilities and leave their mess behind, just to name a couple of things.

      Our society really does seem to be becoming more and more a "ME' society.

      The reason all of these things we complain about continue is because most people tolerate them. Everyone wants someone else to make the necessary changes and not have to participate or expend any of their own energy.

      There is power in numbers. Right now those numbers favor the selfish takers in this world. No one wants to speak up and everyone seems to dislike anyone who does speak up or confronts these takers.

      Most people think we should all just sit around making namby-pamby complaints to each other and not say anything that might be construed as rude or confrontational. What is more rude than the jerks who throw their trash everywhere for others to clean up -- or enjoy as they're driving past it?

      What is more rude than complaining about your health and your recent doctor visit to someone who has no access to medical care? What is more rude than stuffing your face in front of a homeless person who must hope to find a moldy morsel in the dumpster?

      What is more rude than throwing perfectly good food away because you don't feel like eating it now after all, and right across the street or nearby there are homeless people fighting over a moldy morsel now that it has been located?

      What is more rude than allowing one's city counsel to pass laws that make the lives of homeless people even worse, and do nothing to change or reverse those laws?

      Voting is not only a right but a responsibility. Yet so many people use that right to elect people who want to deny poor people healthcare and food. If they want to help homeless veterans and others, why do they vote for people who will deny these people any help at all to the extent they can make that happen?

      Why are people continually elected who would take Social Security and Medicare away from elder people who have paid in and worked all of their lives for the pittance they get in the end? Why do the people who say they want to help instead make things worse by voting in representatives who will add to the homeless population rather than looking for ways to get people who are able back on their feet?

      Talk is cheap. What a person says isn't so important as what they do. Sadly, what people say is often the opposite of what they do. They say the 'right words' to avoid confrontation, not because they believe them or intend to act on them. They say, how awful for our homeless veterans, and then they march as fast as they can into the voting booth to continue the same practices towards veterans, and if possible make the lives of veterans even worse. Sure they appreciate our heroic veterans while they're being shot at, but when those veterans come home to joblessness and homelessness they say to them, "but what have you done for me lately you lazy slacker?"

      Yes, I'm one of those rude people who tells it like it is. No namby-pamby from me. I didn't get my title of Ms. Popularity for nothing. I'd rather be Ms. Popularity any day than someone who goes into the voting booth and votes for a candidate who will cut food stamps or Social Security benefits, or veterans benefits for people who have so little already.

      I'm not one of those people who simpers, "Well, John, it really is so unfortunate that some people aren't faring well nowadays, and I do feel so sorry for them, but I really must go now. I have a golf date, but nice talking to you."

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I think some-what we all have that social responsibility deep down inside.. We recycle for the environment, give when disasters hit.. help the under privelegded and give hand ups to people who have slipped a little.. that's humanity as a whole.. sometimes.. but I like to think more times than not..: After a bad day.. I seem to be unbelieveably optimistic about tomorrow.. so if i fall short of my social responsibilties.. I try to make up for it the next day.... wiki--comes in handy..:)

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Social activity by citizens are very rare. I am very amazed that the politicians are offering 3$. This might just inspire them to grow some grass. It was really interesting to know your ideas BillyBuc and Nice post about it.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful thought here. It is frustrating when one can make a difference instead of blaming others.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      A meaningful message complimented with purposeful comments. Your writing is reaching goal as we - the readers- are encouraged to do right things right and we are changed. Results are evident as we leave do either greet a stranger or do something for them. It always begins with "me". Preaching is worthless and stings if not correlated with deeds. My question is always " where are the parents?"- when youngsters are lazy, stupid and caught in crime? As long as the benchwarmers are told how to walk narrow road by the one who is indulging his living walking on a wide road, we will use your phrase " quit blaming anyone or anything,' and say it plainly 'quit being hypocrite.' On my daily rout of recreational walk over the surrounding streets ( four plus mi. [do not condemn me for today's 7] ) ,- as Bev and you do - the same hereI'm greeting people, engaging into exchange a few words, and it works especially while someone is working on something. Today I asked a city-employee picking up garbage on/ around the sidewalk : Who is giving you more work, older or younger people? The smokers he said and those who eat and drink on the streets !? Then I stopped again to pull out somme weeds in a flower bad for a person having hard time to bent her knees, pointing out not to use the round-up, rather to pull out root to eliminate regrowth. Some people share their wisdom and most of them are willing to hear that the weeds are as any other sin, if you do not take it out with the root, will come back again... A few years ago I have dug out ALL weeds with a mattock for a neighbor so successfully that others wanted me to do the same in their flower gardens…

      Something I've learn in this wonderful world of existing: " Show and tell" is the best way of being socially responsibil. If only "IF" a role models / teachers ? parents etc. will show how to do -( not knowing disqualifies the position)- instead only theorizing it , our world would become a paradise once again.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful.

      Good night my friend, and many blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      Yes, complacency, apathy and downright disregard for another human life is the theme of today, sadly, it seems. However, there are many out there trying to take responsibility for their actions and love others unconditionally.

      We are to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus, as that is why we are still here on this planet ... to actually do something.

      I try to do my part, but I know I can do a whole lot more each day in every aspect of my life.

      Blessings and peace always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Bill, and you, also, speak the truth. Have a great remainder of the week, buddy.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      All so very true Bill. We have no right to complain when we are part of the problem. If everyone one of us just decided to do the right thing the world would be a much better place. It really doesn't take much effort to be socially responsible, you just have to want it. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the solution.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Brian. All of those things add up, and when people see others doing them, it reminds them, and the ball starts rolling downhill and gains momentum. :) Thank you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, the only thing I can do is keep writing about it and walking my talk....and hope more people will do the same. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I do feel hope for humanity, and I see changes being made. It is a slow process to change a culture, but when change is necessary it does happen. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All good points, Ruby. Allocation of resources....if healthy food is important then something else has to go....and that approach works for probably half the population. The truly poor don't get choices, but people like you and I do. :) Bless you my friend.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Examination of conscience: If I camped, did I leave the campsite undamaged and cleaner than I found it? If I walked in a neighborhood, did I leave it tidier than I found it? If I am a nicotine addict, do I refrain from tossing butts on the sidewalk or in the gutter? Do I stop for red lights? For yellow lights when safe? Have I been minimizing my direct and indirect uses of fossil fuels? Do I do my best to do a good turn each day? ....

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love both the quotes by Carrie Underwood and Mahatma Gandhi. The concern is (like you suggested) the many people who care may just not be enough. However, article like this keep the focus before us. Thanks for doing your part.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Excellent article. Good question. Your hub reminded me of the three different ways people observe their world that I wrote about. Personal outlook, Community outlook or a Global outlook. Most of my network friends and followers are globally minded individuals. Like you they are socially aware, so they do know about their responsibility. People with a personal outlook are rarely feeling responsible for the world outside of themselves that is separated from them. People who have a Community outlook will look after their immediate surroundings and maybe join local EGO friendly groups, but anything outside the border of their community (or like a different country) they care less about. They have yet to awaken their global outlook. Today due to the internet more and more young people are starting to feel responsible on a global scale, so there is hope for humanity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I have no doubt that it helped more than a bit. Bravo to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, if I could take back anything from my teen years, it would be the casual disregard for the environment. Oh well, at least I finally learned. Thanks for your thoughts my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill i feel the same as you and millions of responsible people, it's the one neighbor who cares less about our land or food. When we quit buying the deadly products, we win. People have a choice, grow their own food, buy organic and buy their meat from a farmer who does not cage the animals. I do all of that when i can. I know it's more expensive and people are having a hard time making ends meet, thay's why a farmer's market is so important. ( Unless you get a greedy farmer ) You keep writing and we'll keep trying, that's a start... Good one Bill!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I love to see quotes from Carrie Underwood and Mahatma Gandhi. Must be something right going on here.

      We do each need to do our part. I taught Social Responsibility, individual and corporate, in every one of my Management classes at the University Business School of the 15 years I was there. Hope it helped, a little bit! ;-)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      We live in the age of narcissism in which people pay lip service to noble causes in order to be fashionable because maybe Kim Kardashian pretends to support the cause. But when it comes to actually doing noble things our attitude is that as long as we get ours the rest of the world can go to hell in a handbag. I know what you mean about doing bad things as a young man. Don't feel bad about it because every 18 year old's brain is warped. I remember we used to inner-tube down the Salt River in Arizona and shamelessly litter into the water. I'm grown up now more or less and I try to do the right thing, but I could most certainly do more. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That would be an all-nighter, Larry!

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      The light shall always be on for you and yours my friend. Oh the conversations we would have and then some.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you are surrounded by finger-pointers where you live. It's always someone else's fault. Funny how that works, isn't it? No, not really funny after all.

      Thanks my Dunedin Wonder.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Larry. There is a reason why I rarely do articles like this one...it's because I'm tired of beating my head against the wall. Those who don't need the message read it; those who do need it could care less. :) Leave the light on at that farm; I may visit one of these days.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Irish! The instance that you mentioned...isn't it funny, but it would never dawn on me to do that. Who throws crap out their window???? But obviously some people do and they sleep quite well at night. Sigh!

      Good having you here my dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I hope it made an impact on him, at least for a day. I know it did for me, and it would for anyone willing to just reach out and be human. :) Thanks for weighing in my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sis, don't even get me started on the holding the door thing. This is stuff I was taught, quite literally, at the age of five....and it wasn't long after that I understood why it was important....my God, I just want a semblance of humanity to sneak out occasionally...like you said, one small step at a time.

      Thanks Sis!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      So true, all of it. We complain about corrupt politicians, but how many would sell themselves out if they were able to attain those positions? Quite a few, no doubt. It's easier to point the finger at others rather than work on ourselves. If each one of us did our best to act out of love in our work, in our relationships, and toward the earth, political powers would be reduced to virtually nothing. Thanks for the inspiration, Billybuckaroo! And yes, I know, you're floored by another serious comment. :)

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      larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      As always my friend well said. I will not go into my own rant here though the temptation is great. You know my thoughts on many of these things as they are close to you own. I do though disagree somewhat on the we voted for them and thus we are equally responsible for some of their insane behavior. Unless you go 3rd party the choice is really already made and the difference minimal at best. That though is my own prejudice on this one. Perhaps I'm the disillusioned romantic as it were who has been all to often disappointed on such things. That farm in Iowa is looking better and better for oh so many reasons. As always my friend take care and I applaud your fighting the good fight. It is one that I have all but given up on at this point. Again my friend I do applaud your efforts and you writing, much to admire there as always.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Yoda for anther reminder on how it is up to each of us to be more responsible for real change to happen. The simple examples you gave reminded me of when I was walking Coco our Labrador around the communal garden of my apartment complex. She appeared from the bushes carrying a pretty old looking chicken carcus, obviously just discarded out of the window of one of the apartments. Shame on them that tossed it! It irks me no end when people just toss stuff into the environment without a care.

      Nice one Bill!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If that is just the way we could always be and take care of all Americans that are homeless or in need. It is a crying shame we can waste millions on strangers who want to burn our flags or demand their rights and turn a blind eye to "really" members of our own family. Well I know that is going a bit past what you are saying but it isn't "just" a kind word although that is a tearful blessing.

      Well; God bless you for it! I bet He has already with just the heartwarming memory.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill......It is so "human" to want the "easy" route. The reality is, there truly is nothing difficult at all about being socially responsible. Perplexing as it is, it seems most people think that these things you speak of, take extreme effort and utilize their precious time. This just isn't so and this is the mantra I am guilty of using all the time. "It is simple to make a few small changes to our actions & attitudes that in turn cause huge benefits for Society in general."

      Little things, one step at a time, giving & sharing of things that are FREE....like a smile, holding a door open.....helping that "little old lady cross the street," allowing someone to go ahead of you.....really? these are difficult or costly? Here we go again, needing to remind ourselves of the things we learned in KINDERGARTEN!

      Oh yeah bill, I definitely get it.......and I'll be damned if I'll ever stop trying....Up+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemary, best wishes with that book. A very important subject in this country. The mentally ill all too often get pushed to the side...out of sight, out of mind...that seems to be society's way of handling unpleasant issues.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you for sharing the story about the pensioners. I need to hear more stories like that so I don't concentrate so much on the negatives in society.

      Thank you my friend. Here's hoping we will learn eventually as a race.

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      schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

      One of the things I've done to be socially responsible, is to share what I've learned in 22 yrs of being in the mental health system by writing a book, hoping it will help families and friends of the mentally ill, as well as they themselves also, to learn how to get better, and how to be supportive. It's now on lulu.com in case you want to give it a look. ....I could do nothing but I chose to keep busy and try to be productive.

      The title is "The Road to Mental Health: A Practical Guide For the Consumer, Family, and Friends"

      I have much more in store planned.

      Great hub! I enjoyed reading it!

      I love the part about the conversation with the homeless man.

      Have a great day

      Rosemary

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      When will we learn that our actions have consequences? Lack of knowledge is no longer an excuse, some people just don't give a fig about anything, unless it affects them directly.

      I saw a program recently, where some callous morons dumped a load of oil into a large pond. Many of the ducks that inhabit the pond sadly died, fortunately, the animal welfare volunteers managed to save the rest. Those wonderful people did a marvelous job of washing off the oil residue and rehoming the birds. There are good folks and bad. I remember those incredibly socially conscious pensioners in the area where we lived a few years age, who would go out along the lane and woodland collecting the rubbish thrown without a second thought by people who came by to enjoy the countryside every weekend. Yes, we can all do more, I'm as guilty as most, thank you for the reminder. Inspirational as always, my best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, not silly at all. We always carry poop bags with us on our walks. No, it is not fertilizer....in fact, it will kill a lawn....and it annoys the hell out of me to clean up after someone else's pet...so I'm with you, friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I would love to take credit for sheeple, but it's been around awhile. Thank you! I, too, see change happening. Slower than I would like but i do see it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Ann. Irresponsibility begins at home. Children need to be taught that they are part of a much bigger picture in life, and what they do affects many. Thank you for that story, Ann.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, this was one heck of a super article. You hit on so many issues that

      deserved to be outed, and still there are more. As one person noted, we are more alerted to the problem if it involves us. So, here is another one

      to add to your list. People not picking up after their dogs. It is fine if you let your dog poop in your back yard. But, when you let your dog poop in my yard and don't pick it up, it becomes my business.

      And, NO, dog poop is not fertilizer for lawns. I have found no good uses for dog poop. Yet, I gather it up like it is some precious gen that had some out of dog's behind and take it home to be properly disposed.

      So, sign me up on the PAP list. People Against Poop!

      It may sound silly to you, but once someone steps in it, it ceases to be

      a funny matter.

      Thank you for allowing me to sound off.

      DJ.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      First of all, I love the word, "sheeple." Did you coin this term?

      While I feel I do try to be socially responsible, I am sure there are lots of ways I could do better at practicing social responsibility. One thing that does make me hopeful is how I see my sons and their friends practicing social responsibility. I, too smile at anyone I meet in stores, on walks and have found that generally speaking, a smile is returned.

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Every child in the country who can read needs to read this article, Bill! Not that I didn't need it to - it was a reminder for me, also. I was out walking with a friend of mine the other day - she's 11. Along the way, a friend stopped and gave her a bag of chips. When we were almost home, I noticed she didn't have her bag anymore. I asked where it was and found out she had thrown it on the ground. I told her that she would not do that again as long as I was walking with her. She went home mad at me. She got over it.

      If we start the process at home, children will grow up having responsibility. That's where it all starts.

      Another hub well done, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, I hear you and I agree. The great big marketing machine bombards us daily, nightly, yearly, with one message and one message only...consumption.

      Great comment my friend. Thank you....and yes, things are changing, and this type of massive change takes decades.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brie, I have no argument on that one. We have lost our way as a society. Without some sort of spiritual principles we will remain lost. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Eric, I love that you love it. Keep on keeping on my friend, and thank you.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      We're conditioned non stop in the media to CONSUME things, not to conserve things.

      In fact, the type of consumption almost every commercial on tv, every advert on the web, or in a magazine, newspaper, etc - is anti-conservation.

      ....and it's been that way our entire lives.

      So......people just aren't conditioned to think about being responsible towards the environment, however, things are changing, but are they changing fast enough?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I no longer know what to say about apathy. It continues no matter how often I shout from the rooftops.

      As for the drought, we are all going to feel the effects of that in our pocketbooks this winter, and it is a very sad situation.

      Thank you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anita, I love it....solar power is in our plans for the near future...bravo to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Made, and I am grateful for it and proud to know you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa and blessings to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna. I wish I could say it's nice to know we aren't the only ones here in the States, but that just doesn't sound right. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, great concept...compassion fatigued...and I understand. i stopped writing articles like this one because they left me depressed and anxious...so I get it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Mark, but all we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep trying. I refuse to give up, buddy, and I know you won't either.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, all I have is the choir to preach to, and it is frustrating, but hopefully one person who needs to read this will...and that's a big hope.

      Great, and sad, story about the lawn at the end...I don't understand it and never will. I hear stories like that all the time, but we don't have that here in Olympia...and I am grateful.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      I think all of this is a direct result of having kicked God out of our lives and country.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I immediately supported Ms. Underwood -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLLMzr3PFgk

      A big THANK YOU for this article! I love eating my pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer free garden vegetables. And I love having no lawn at all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, breakfastpop...keep caring and keep ringing the alarm.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Evidently, Mari, it is quite a bit to ask. :) But keep asking.

      Thank you my dear.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is frustrating, Deb, and I, too, want to beat my head against the wall at times, but we have to start sometime, somehow, and this article is an inch in the right direction. Thanks my Iowa friend.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      The degree of apathy in this country would amaze me if I hadn't been witnessing it for years. People who don't care about anyone or anything except what directly affects them are not only cruel and heartless, they are dead wrong. What affects others does affect each of us.

      As John Dunne wrote: "No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

      If only we could enlighten all the apathetic to realize the truth of those words! But you keep trying, Bill, and if your message reaches the minds and hearts of even a few and changes the way they view this world and others who occupy it , your achievement is great.

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

      P.S. I've been reading about the California drought this morning and feeling ashamed of the days I've complained about all the rain we have where I live. Wish I could send it to the farmers who need it so desperately.

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Great hub. I do recycle, I have solar power, rainwater harvesting and a grey water pit. To put back into the Earth some of what I take from it.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      You and Carrie Underwood are both right. I do my best to be responsible.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Yes! Yes! Yes! Well said. It is up to us!

      Blessings!

      Theresa

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      The same issues traverse oceans and skies. You captured it perfectly, frustration, outrage and at times disbelief. :(

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I'm more socially responsible than many but we can all do more. I have chosen specific aspects of social responsibility to concentrate my efforts on so as to not become compassion fatigued as many kindhearted people are prone to do when they take on burdens too large. Scope is crucial.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very well said Bill, I want to shout like you said every day as I walk the streets. The apathy and just plain selfishness I see is astounding. I don't know what the answer is, but like you I just keep trying.