Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Whatever happened to the Golden Rule….

Do you remember as children your parents teaching you about the “Golden Rule?” Do you even know what it is? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s very simple, Treat other people the way that you want to be treated. You may ask what made me think about this at this very moment. Well, last night someone took a key and made a big scratch on my daughters car. It goes all the way from the front fender to the tail light. It has been parked on the street ever since she has lived in our house and no one has messed with it other than an occasional “egging”. Why would someone be so thoughtless as to treat another person’s property this way? Were they never taught the Golden Rule?

A police officer came by this morning and made a report. I asked him what kind of person does this kind of thing. He asked if she had an ex-boyfriend that might have wanted revenge. We said no, that she travels and doesn’t have any ex-boyfriends in Houston. He said it could have been teenager’s out for a little “fun”. Again, I ask myself, didn’t these people have parents that taught them the difference between right and wrong. This is just outright wrong, there is no two ways about it. I just wonder how this person would feel if it had been their car that had been damaged by someone out for fun or revenge? I’ll bet they would have pitched a fit!

Let’s just remember the Golden Rule and live by it in our lives. Enough said!


At 6:03 PM, Blogger keesh said...

Aw, that is terrible. What happend to innocent fun? A little Toilet papering maybe. why ruin someone's property. that just stinks. Someone didn't get raised right for sure.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

They are mean and they don't care! Some folks from our church took a day trip and left their cars in the church parking lot. When they returned all the cars but one had been keyed, badly. They figured it had been kids. It's right on the main street with houses all alone through there. I didn't go but my neighbor's car was the worse and it cost over $2000 to fix it.

I was taught the Golden Rule but I think nowadays some people teach it with this one, "Do unto others before they do unto you." It's sad and very frustrating. Sorry about your daughter's car. People are just mean I think and haven't been brought up to respect other people's property.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger martie said...

My neighbor asked us just yesterday if we had seen anything unusual around the neighborhood. We didn't, but a few months ago someone stole the swings off the swingset in our backyard that we have for the grandchildren.

I guess someone egged his house recently and the night before last spary painted some bad words in black on his white siding!

I think it's kids getting into mischief because their parents can't or don't want to be bothered with them! Sad state of affairs.....I always loved spending time with my children when they were small and still do now that they are all parents too. But then, I always knew where they were....at home with me!!

So sorry about your daughters car!

At 6:27 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I've never understood thie phenomenom...You know it is a delibrite thing because they take that key and do it all the way from front to back! A friend of mine has a beautiful little red car..and when it was still fairly new, she was parked in a parking lot of Trader Joe's, and when she came out...there was exactly what you described happened to your daughters car. It sems like jealousy or just plain meaness, doesn't it?? So sorry that THAT happened to your daughter!

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Drywall Mom said...

What goes around, comes around.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger TNChick said...

It'll come back to them...

I agree with you.

It appears kids/teens have the wrong idea on fun.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Katie said...

i was told that growing up....i dont know what goes threw peoples mind when they do things like that. it makes me want to smack someone.
this happend to us a while back parked at the movies. i was so pissed off.

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

too many kids have too much spare time and no supervision, that's a big part of what happened to your daughter's care.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

kish - some people don't know what innocent fun is.

rachel - you would think a church parking lot would be a safe place. I suppose there aren't many safe places any more. Too bad.

martie - I think that if these people are caught, they should have to pay for the damages and write a formal letter of appology.

oldoldlady of the hills - yes I think it was deliberate and very mean. Soneone should be ashamed of their actions.

jen - yes what goes around usually does come around. Too bad it even happened at all. Who ever did it is pretty low in my book.

tnchick - Yes, it is the wrong idea of fun. You are right it usually will come back on them and then it's not so funny.

katie - My husband is an ex-cop so he has seen this many times before. You do wonder what goes thru their minds.

better safe than sorry - Yes you are right. Last week, during our spring break, there was a couple of eggings in the neighborhood. That is a lot less damaging than a key on a paint job. I see kids wondering in the streets late at night all the time. This incident actually happened sometime between 6:30pm and 9:00pm. I just wish someone had seen it happen.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Remay1 said...

It's the same people who think nothing of spray painting on other people's walls, or box cars. There is a word for them: Vandals. This kind of hateful behavior goes way back to Roman times. The Vandals, Goths, and Visigoths couldn't, or wouldn't appreciate beauty, or the property rights of others, so they went about in Rome knocking the heads off statues and defacing frescoes. Yes, we have our modern day barbarians. Can our fall be far behind? As they say, nothing new under the sun.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Bonfire said...

"it cost over $2000 to fix it"

this is not good :(

At 6:26 AM, Blogger Danny Sims said...

So maddening. We got "keyed" once but not as bad as this. So sorry.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

It's so unfair, it's plain vandalism and so infuriating.
Thanks for reminding us of the glden rule, if more people lived by it the world would look different.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

Lousy vandals! My next door neighbor once caught some kids trying to tie a garden hose to his car axle and then to a tree branch. Just a prank, but my neighbor chased them down the street with a handgun.

Don't think they ever came back.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

That stinks! It's not uncommon though. When I lived in Colorado some of the local teens thought it was fun to drive around and shoot out car windows. They got mine once. Talk about infuriating!

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One holloween we were borrowing my father in laws car and it was parked on the street and someone threw a pumpkin through the back window.

It is a shame that people will be so mean towards other peoples property.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Yes I was taught the Golden Rule, but not many kids are these days.
I wouldn't have wanted to damage anyone's property, because it wasn't in me to do so. If I had and my parents found out I would have been seriously disciplined. Not just spanked, but also grounded, and I would have had to work my tail off to pay for the damage I caused.
And worst of all, my parents would have been dissappointed with me.
Today, kids can damage property with basically no consequenses. Parents are too busy making careers to 'deal' with their kids, and can't discipline them properly anyway. Our jails are so full of druggies that they have no place to jail other offenders.
I'm so sorry about your daughters car. I hope she can find a safer parking place.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

remay1 - so true. Hope you are doing well.

Bon Bon - Don't worry about it Bon, we are taking the car over to Dennis to see how much it will be. Don't worry.

danny - Are we having fun yet? I suppose I should be grateful it wasn't some drunk smashing into it.

prag - wouldn't it be awesome if we all lived by the golden rule? It would be a different world.

bit dave t - Can you imagine the damage that could have been done if he had not seen the vandals tie the water hose to the axle? Yeks!

oh great one - they are everywhere.

daybyday4 2day - Yes, I have seen many a smashed pumpkin on the day after Halloween.

mountain mama - you and I have the same kind of heart. I couldn't do something like that if I tried, I would end up crying. When I was a little girl, my parents bought each one of us children a little plaque with the Golden Rule on it. I found mine recently and it is one of my most treasured items. You are right about the dicipline. My dad could spank like nobody's business. If we got in trouble in school, he would spank us good when we got home. Needless to say, I didn't get into too much trouble in school. It looks like we are going to be parking her car up in the driveway from now own. It will be a bit of trouble but hopefully it will spare something like that from happening again.

At 1:41 AM, Blogger Connie and Rob said...

So sorry to hear that happened to your daughter. I just don't understand what is fun to other kids or grown-ups for that matter to destroy something. My parents instilled values where this is just not acceptable behavior.

You are right we should all live by the "Golden Rule" and life would be a whole lot easier.

Take care,

At 5:18 AM, Blogger An80sNut said...

Sadly, if you mention the golden rule to anyone they usually say that it's "the one who has all the gold, makes the rules." People have forgotten such things and then get shocked when the actions are returned and they reply with something that just keeps escalating. People have stopped caring about how wrong they look in the eyes of others because the stigma of doing bad things is nil. Very sad.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger angel, jr. said...

I wish more people lived by the Golden Rule.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Nettie said...

I dunno where I learned it, but I do try to follow it...


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