What kind of people have we become?
I ask the question above due to the fact that an employee of a large hotel chain ridiculed an Army veteran when he asked for help on getting his suitcase and wheelchair down to the lobby from the third floor. She laughed at him, so the story goes.
My first concern is that we have become heartless and insensitive towards those who are, or have been, less fortunate that ourselves. Why is that? Where did we learn such a thing?
My guess is that their parents may have learned it as a child and passed it on to their own children. And when we behave this way we wonder why people do not accept us. After all, no one has had it as bad as us, right? Or so many of us think now and then!
I can't help but wonder why so many of us feel that way. What happened in our lives that blocked out the human feelings that we were certainly born with? When do we stop making excuses and force those with such callous behavior to be held responsible. And if it is while on the job then they should be fired immediately.
As for blaming the hotel chain, first we must realize that large chains and companies can't know everything that goes on with their employees. But that being said they must fire such a heartless employee, immediately. And I hope that the remarks made by the woman mentioned above do not come back to bite her. There is a saying from somewhere or someone, and I quote; "What goes around, comes around."
As someone whose brother spent 20 years in the Marines and three tours in Vietnam, wounded once and returned to Vietnam, I find it appalling many in our government, as well as citizens, cannot feel for those who have given so much and returned home disabled, both physically and mentally. To this day, I believe my brother is still angry for the way the Marines were treated by our own country, and ridiculed and ignored.
Isn't it time for all adults to be more sensitive and watch our language, especially when around children, so as to make this a better world? I sure hope so!
Ida M Temple
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