What happened to common courtesy?


What happened to common courtesy? What happened to respecting other people’s property?

I honestly have no idea.

The lack of common courtesy, and respect of people and their property is a growing trend among the current generation, especially in college students.

I am not sure if this is correlated to the newfound independence associated with college or the lack of parents, but something is happening.

And, that something needs to change.

Before we figure out what happened to common courtesy, I think we should determine what constitutes common courtesy.

According to thefreedictionary.com, common courtesy is defined as etiquette and is “the customs or rules governing behavior regarded as correct or acceptable in official or social life.”

Does that mean in college, it is acceptable to pee in a pile of leaves in a person’s front yard?

Man, I hope not.

College is a microcosm of the “real world.”

As far as I know, people do not pee in leaf piles in your front yard — at least, not on a regular basis.

All right, so peeing in a leaf pile is kind of comical, especially when you contemplate spotlighting the squatting female, but, why was said female in the yard? Why was she on somebody’s property? Along with that, why do people think it is acceptable to walk through someone’s yard instead of staying on the sidewalk and walking a couple of extra feet?

I do not understand the lack of respect.

But, to be frank, this lack of respect and common courtesy scares me.

Why does it scare me?

It scares me because college students are the immediate future.

I am not sure I want some of my fellow students entering the “real world.”

All I can say is, I hope something magical happens on graduation day to these students, otherwise, the college microcosm is going to turn into the macrocosm.


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