I read this article today, entitled “I bake new neighbors bread to welcome them, and they never say hello to me again” and found it incredibly interesting.
The author is about 70 years old. I am 35. If someone had welcomed me to a neighborhood in this fashion, I’d be grateful and flattered but would have probably retreated into my own world. I know that neighborhoods have been like this in the past, but I have never really experienced it. In my own childhood, I think my parents borrowed stuff from neighbors only a few times. I was an Air Force brat, so we moved a lot, and that might have something to do with it.
“I grew up in a community where everyone knew everyone. Neighbors shared their trials and tribulations with each other, and if someone was down on his or her luck, the others came to their rescue and offered support. The USA is no longer that country. We are divided and afraid of one another.
I had hoped that when Barack Obama was elected we would not only continue our healing from sad historical periods (slavery, and the hard times of civil unrest), but our nation would also be united, blessed, and even better, for we are all Americans. Instead, it was further divided. The division is worse, tolerance is a forgotten word, and feelings are hurt over nothing. Shocking as it may be, it appears that people now think it is okay to take other people’s stuff, damage other people’s property, and even hurt other people physically.”
I don’t think we’re afraid of one another as much as people are just simply self-absorbed and intolerant. We know leftists hate right-wingers with a flaming, blazing passion. Most right-wingers just don’t want to deal with their ridiculous hatred. Of course, leftists will whine about how conservatives supposedly hate people that aren’t like them, but that’s bullshit and they know it. That might have been true when the author of this article was my age, but it isn’t anymore.
To be perfectly honest, thinking that Obama would “unite” the country upon being elected President was incredibly naive. He was a divisive asshole, and remained so throughout both of his terms. The left got emboldened and even more hateful, certainly to the point of staging mass riots over losing a Presidential election.
We conservatives and libertarians are not perfect. We’ve simply lost patience. We’ve decided to segregate ourselves from crazed feminists and BLM douchebags and environmentalists and socialists and the ANTIFA assholes.
I agree with the author that this is incredibly sad. We shouldn’t let politics keep us from associating with one another and we certainly shouldn’t let politics keep us from helping one another. Unfortunately, I am pretty convinced that a leftist would let me die in the street if they knew I was a registered Republican. I know I can’t count on them for anything. The only liberals that will ever care about me are my own family members.
Now, the reason why I might come across as unfriendly is because I have social anxiety disorder. Getting a loaf of bread as a welcome gift would also stress me out. Would they expect anything in return? How often would I have to say “hello” or something? Yes, for me, those are real concerns. I don’t like being this way. I get so stressed out over greeting people because of my anxiety (and my self-consciousness).
So anxiety is my excuse for seeming like a self-absorbed person. However, I don’t know about everyone else, other than this country being incredibly divided over politics. It’s sad and worrying. I truly believe that there will be another civil war in my lifetime, and that it’ll be started by the left, because they hate us that much.