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Are we becoming spectators in life rather than participants?
People today spend a lot of time in front of televisions, computers, and electronic devices just watching anything and everything. I think this may be creating a generation of spectators, voyeurs, and people that would rather watch life go by than jump in and do something, take a position or get involved with solving a problem. Have you ever seen people just stand around after an accident, someone obviously needs help, or when a little assistance might prevent a tragedy? This was not the case 50 years ago.
From my observation, the exception to this are folks with some emergency training, like military folks, Scouts, police and firemen, but how about the rest of us?
If you see a toddler walking around with no adult in sight, what do you do? I think every mother I know would get involved, but why not fathers or any adult?
If you see an accident, do you stop and try to help or go home an look for it on the news?
What did the prior generation do with the time we spend watching things? I think people playing instruments, group singing, card games, dinner parties, and social time was much more a daily occurrence. What will be the long term social effect of these changes?
Are we afraid to do the work, take the risk, or face the adversity required to change our dreams into reality, or would we rather go home and complain about how unfair life is for not granting our wishes?
We watch what happens on seedy reality television, internet bedrooms everywhere, and people misbehaving and acting like children or animals. If you watch enough of this behavior, this type of behavior will gain acceptance.
Has anyone else noticed this behavior change? If so, what have you noticed?
How do our behaviors compare with those of adults 50 years ago? Did they get more out of life?