Good Morning

United States
January 18, 2007 9:09am CST
As a child when I passed someone,in my neighborhood, I would always speak. When visiting family that lived in a southern state, if while there I encountered someone walking in the neighborhood, they would always greet me and smile. Now, people living in highrises don't even know,much less speak, to people living on the same floor. Sometimes folks divert their eyes, when approaching someone on the street, for who knows what reason. What's happening to us???
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
It is a shame that it doesn't happen now and I am always amazed when friends who live in the city will say that they hardly know their neighbour, or they only know one neighbour. I am not sure whether it is because of fear so they rush everywhere to avoid being caught out. We live in the country and everyone says "good morning" or whatever time of day it is. In fact even in my own household we greet each other every morning or whatever time of the day we first see each other. It is the same with the neighbours, the local shops and even people in the street do it. I suspect that part of the problem is fear more than anything. There are some horrific things happening these days and people might not know who they can trust, so it is better to trust nobody at all. At least that is what a friend who used to live in Sydney told me - he had been a victim of a home invasion though and after that never trusted anyone at all. Awful thought and very sad really, isn't it?
• United States
1 Feb 07
But I think part of the problem is that everyone is inside, when folks were out talking walks, strolling with their kids the likelihood of crime occurring was somewhat reduced, because vandals don't want to be caught. I think if neighboorhood return to what they were, crime would definitely drop...SS
@KrauseHome (36234)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I was beginning to wonder this as well, and problem is trying to get even the younger generation sometimes from being so Quiet as well. It amazes me that people just are becoming so quiet and not taking time to be a Friend to their neighbors. Sometimes like the song says, we need to remember, "Tell Me About the Good old Days."
• United States
1 Feb 07
Just the other day a woman stopped me in my neighborhood and asked if I knew this lady she was looking for, well I didn't. Now when I was growing up I knew everyone on my block, I knew who was moving out, when someone was moving in. We've become so isolated, everyone is always on the run, have someplace else to be...we are losing our communities, and our neighborhoods...SS
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
yes it is sad how things have changed, when I was a little girl the neighbours would always be out in the front of their houses especially after dinner, we knew the names of everyone in the street, kids all played together...not anymore, in my street hrdly anyone know one another, and the kids never play with one another...it is very sad...
• United States
1 Feb 07
Yeh, it was the same for me, in the evenings everyone was out in front of their houses, now everyone is in the house in front of the TV and the computer, and we never really get to know who even lives in our building on our block or in our neighborhoods. It' becoming kinda scary...SS
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
19 Jan 07
times sure have changed. isn`t it sad? I miss the days when everyone said hello or even a few words. I guess people are afraid. I`m kind of shy but I still miss the interactions with people.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Sometimes a simple hello from a neighbor can brighten your day. I know it makes a difference too me. How can you go through a day moping if your morning started off so brightly...SS
• United States
19 Jan 07
I don't know. It's weird. It is almost like people are afraid to say hi. Maybe it is that they feel uneasy talking to strangers because of the huge lack of trust growing in our society of the unknown due to the history of our society.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
That also has to be one of the reasons, it's really unfortunate we have to always live in fear of the unknown, we miss out on a lot of possibly great experiences because we don't know who we can trust...Thanks for the visit...SS
@sunshinecup (7880)
18 Jan 07
I don't get it myself. I live in the south, but still I come across people all the time that don't speak. I just say hello anyway. Figured I put it out there, they can do what they want with it. Saying hi isn't going to hurt your or get you hurt, I think. It's silly .
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• United States
19 Jan 07
You know you are right, more of us should just 'put it out there', maybe it will start a ripple...Thanks for the 'heads up'...SS
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
18 Jan 07
When I divert my eyes, it's more because I'm shy than because I'm not friendly. Or because I expect the other person to think that I am staring if I don't avert my eyes, lol! Since staring is considered at least a bit rude. But I agree, it would be so lovely if society were still what it was back before even when i was young.. or at lesat, when I was young it wasn't really like that in our neighborhood. But then, there really weren't many people around outdoors because it was mostly older people who lived in the neighborhood then, like elderly enough that they probably didn't come outside except to get their mail and/or have someone take care of the yardwork. Anyway, it really would be nice if people were more friendly like things used to be.. but nowadays it just isn't happening.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
You know I didn't even think about someone's shyness as being a possibility, and that definitely should have occurred to me cause I am shy also. I needed to be reminded that gentle people do still exist...Thank you very Much...SS
@34momma (13893)
• United States
18 Jan 07
i don't get that either. i speak to people all the time. i notice most of the time i catch people off guard. they look at me like is she talking to me? and i look them in the face when speaking, which you don't get often. when and if you find out what is going on, please let a sista know
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• United States
19 Jan 07
It's true some people really are surprised to hear a hello and I think others may just be suspicious, but what about everyone else. I really like to honestly know what is going on in there minds...Thanks for sharing...SS