Yesterday was not a good day for me. I watched my wife go into a slow deep charcoal burn. I knew why she was preparing to ignite and there was nothing I could do so I just prepared my self and went with it. Perhaps a little history is needed now?

About three weeks ago one of our neighbours bought a karioki machine. The type that if you drop in 5 pesos you get three songs. Simply put they opened up a booze canteen  with loud monotonous music and as the canteen is outdoors everyone within  a mile or so of the canteen gets to listen.

To continue the lesson we live in a country that is dominated by the Roman Catholic faith. During Holy Week respect is shown in various way. Silent Saturday is one way of showing this respect. Not that people refrain from talking but it is a time of respectful mourning for the death of Jesus.

Yesterday the booze canteen started up about 9 or so in the morning and just kept going. At about 10 in the evening a dance started up in a different location. We were surrounded by very loud music and drunks. By very loud I mean the type of volume you get out of an outdoor sound system with 8 arrays of speakers with each array standing 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. They pretty  much drowned out the karioki. Here endeth the history lesson.

Neither my wife nor I are Roman Catholic but this was just too much disrespect. The police were called in and eventually at the sincere urging of half a dozen large men with M-16’s and clubs the music was turned down and the booze canteen was closed for the night.

While this was happening here it was also going on in many places. Not only in our country but around the world. There is not a country, a First nation, a city or a community that does not have this problem of diminishing respect.

Everyone wants their freedom. But how many want their Responsibility. Not many! I will do what I want to do because I want to.  I don’t care if it annoys you.  I don’t care about your feelings or your needs or your life all I care about is me! me!! me!!!

Folks, this is not good. We need to return to the Way of Respect.   


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