Do you love thy neighbor?
When I think of the word 'neighbor', I think June Cleaver for some reason. I picture June and the neighbor lady (forgive me, I don't remember names, it's been awhile) in their pretty, ironed straight, floral dresses, boasting about their husbands as if they had invented food. I picture Ward (June's husband) and his neighbor friend in their suits, hands in their pockets, chatting about the latest baseball game, chuckling now and then.
Today's Neighbor-worth knowing?
I certainly do not condone pre-judging other citizens of society, ever. Let me just ask you, where have all the good neighbors gone?
Maybe it's just me, maybe I'm the only person that's been dumped into a sea of 'aliens', or so it seems.
Do you trust your neighbors?
Remember the days of Leave It To Beaver? Remember when everyone knew the name of each and every person on their entire block, even their entire town? Remember when you moved into a new home and your immediate neighbors, and sometimes even lovely people from further down the road, would bring you a casserol or a fruit basket and offer anything they had, to you, a stranger?
Where have those days gone? I realize that society has gone out the window. I believe that overpopulation has much to do with this sad epidemic. But the more I've spoken with people over the years, the more I've heard the tactics and maneuvers people use to avoid their neighbors. Everyone has an idea of how life should be lived and so many refuse to budge in their acceptance of societal woes, if you will.
Why CAN'T we trust our neighbors? Or can we?
I think we've all seen the natural downfall of society itself, and the way we treat others. I am in constant awe of the way I've witnessed people treating each other on a daily basis. Selfishness and greed are rampant in the world today. Many citizens of America have lost faith in others. We sit and watch our neighbors walk by, instead of offering them coffee. It's not fair to those of us who want a more compassionate, unified country and world. I don't understand. But I don't have to understand, I cannot solely change the way the world evolves, or can I?
Where have our manners and our patience gone? Granted, we're all busy, over-worked human beings, and that alone could put a damper on pleasantries, but let me remind you that we all have to share this world, do we not?
I understand the fear that many of you have because I suffer with it myself. We know that there are so many immoral, sick people out there, we do not want to fall victim to them, so we hide. We overprotect ourselves and our children, and some of us are teaching our children, sometimes unknowingly, to only worry about ourselves, we cannot waste time worrying about others.
This is the wrong strategy in my opinion. Yes, there are rapists, molesters, and murderers all around us. I have been victim myself, to some of these crimes. I advocate for any human being to stay safe and guard themselves from pain. But, I think in the meantime, we're putting out a face that says "Don't touch me or get near me, I already hate you because you're a stranger". I understand that that's the point we want to make when we're walking through the park at 10 p.m. when typically "shady" characters are roaming the world, but put yourself in other peoples shoes for one second if you can. Would you rather see a smile from a stranger, or would you rather watch them walk by as if you don't exist?
Some may think that they'd rather watch the person walk by, they're a stranger. But do you realize how much better life could be if you only smiled at that stranger instead of ignoring them? Can I tell you that when I'm having a bad day, a smile from a complete stranger can totally rearrange my thoughts and make them into happy ones. I promise you, try it. And not everyone will be receptive either, remember, there are billions of people in the world and they've all been evolved in the same society. But please, try it. Smile at your neighbor.
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