To pick up where Everett left off, I think it's even more than a lack of education. IMO it's a lack of integrity in the individual and, in a broader sense, a breakdown in the fabric of our culture and society. I wasn't a perfect child by any stretch, but my parents taught me to respect other people and their property. If I did something that wronged someone or their "stuff", I was forced (if necessary) to make it right... no matter what the cost, no matter the embaressment.
I remember when I was 14 years old and I had my own checking account. I bought some used golf balls from a kind old gentleman for $5.00, and the check bounced. When my dad found out he made me pay him back... in spades. I had to go to the man, apologize, and pay him $10.00
back... $5.00 for what I owed him, and another $5.00 for interest / hassle / etc. That was in 1973..... I haven't bounced a check since.
Our ethos is in such a state that children are not taught the baiscs of what makes a society strong. I have certain "key words" I hang on to:
- "Caring" - Do they care? Do I care? How much more care and concern could I / should I / would I have meeted out?
- "Awareness" - How much awareness did I have about that situation? If I could have paid more attention wold the outcome have been different?
And on it goes. The problem as I see it in today's economy is that the common denominator for motivation is greed, money and power. I saw it with my own eyes in the last 2 weeks with an employee who has been working for me for almost 2 years. He started with me when he was in high school and is now in his forst year of college. When I was paying him $9.00 an hour to work in the store, go out on an occasional service call, or take care of some database function, it was all I could do to keep on top of him to make sure he was staying productive.... earning his keep. I would have to caonstantly go to him and tell him to do something because, if he didn't have a task in front of him, he would sit and do nothing.
Now I have put him in a position where, if he is productive and accomplishes the maximum jobs per hour he stands to make bonuses that will total up to $16 to $20 an hour. Guess what? I've never seen anything like it! The guy is producing 35% more in a 32 hour work week than his predecessor did in a 40 hour work week... and it's only the 2nd week!
What's my point? I don't have one... I rarely do. I just thought I'd take up some whitespace here on TC and see if i could raise some eyebrows. Thus ends my rant and ramble