Wassup Wit Dat!

Wat Can We Do?

January 27th, 2016

It's been bothering me for awhile now dat no mattah wea we at or wat we're doing - people just no kea (care).

Whether it be something like last night again wea there were a handful of vehicles traveling in da pau hana shoulder lane at 6:30pm wen it specifically states dat it closes at 6:00pm. I'm just hoping da motorcyclist dat was stranded on da side nevah get run ovah as he was waiting for help. Or people who just cut in lines without a second thought dat people are already in a formed line. And how everyone seems to be "wat's in it for me?" kine of attitude.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Call me nostalgic but I enjoy watching a handful of - definitely not all - black and white films wea there was such thing as displaying courtesy and using da words "sorry", "thank you", "please" with meaning instead of something you 'have to say'. Even 'traditional' things as holding da door open for a wahine, waiting for oddahs before you start eating (if they're not running late) and just good hearted gestures are far in between da current 'societal norms'.

How is it dat we have 'evolved' into such a selfish culture? I'm surah we all can agree technology has played a major role (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc) but haven't we been raised before all dat nonsense? Haven't we had good and decent parents instill core values, morals and character into us? Why has dat been thrown out da window?

With such a sensitive issue such as excessive force by police (law enforcement) but would it have escalated to dat point if da lay person would just "listen"? Think about it, would law enforcement have to feel like they have to constantly protect themselves if they weren't pushed into dat corner from previous experiences? We all see da online videos of one side - why not show all da videos of wea police are assaulted, shot at, spit on, called into dangerous/precarious situations? Why not show da officers in da hospital with injuries? Oh yeah, da 'alleged' criminals have rights. 🙄

Trying to raise two young keiki, it's sad wen finally Da Keiki is making an honest effort to speak up and look people in da eye saying "please" and "thank you" and in return she doesn't even get a "you're welcome" or an acknowledgment without looking back at her. Sometimes she gets a grin and I have to reassure her dat she made dat person happy as she looks at me as if she did something wrong.

So I challenge all da 11 readers of WWD! to go out today and just do one thing without reward. Go out and do something real instead of watching 'commercialized' videos of good deeds. While we won't go 'viral', we can at least show dat it still exists.

Live it, do it, crave to be pono.








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8 Responses to “Wat Can We Do?”

  1. M:

    Howzit BL,

    I agree wit you BL. We all need more Aloha, be nice and doing somting guud fo someone.


  2. zzzzzz:

    Yeah, why does the shoulder lane close at 6:00? Traffic is still heavy then, but starts moving when you pass the point where the exit lane starts, which is also where the shoulder lane ends.


  3. cojef:

    Social mores are in constant state of change and never remain static. Some call it progress but in reality it is a change of pace in how we are currently do things, slow, fast and instantaneous. Yes technological advances have accelerated the change and it feels strange if one dwells in the past like I who was born in 1925. Good or bad we can't fight the tide, we can only try to slow the rate it is changing even for the worse. Meaning good social graces must be kept as they define the character of who we are as humans. Technology has no room for emotions, it does not breathe, it cannot love, feel the pains nor anguish. However, we are capable of changing into monster once we get behind the wheel of a vehicle. They are some among us who feel that they are the lords and masters of the universe. They do as they please on the roadways, intolerant of others, as though it was built only for them, the chosen few. Like the the saintly person who drives to church on Sunday cautiously and upon the ending of the church service gets into his vehicle, will cut you off in haste to get to exit before anyone, or try to cut you off in the parking lot of a restaurant. This is my experience living on the mainland, so you all in Hawaii do not have a monopoly of disrespectful drivers, we are fraternal bradahhs!


  4. wafan:

    Sign, entitlement. Everyone is winner. Here is your trophy for participation, just for showing up at one practice and the awards ceremony, even if we have no idea what you look like. So shpesho these folks.


  5. Sally:

    The fact that this even needs to be a topic is quite sad but we keep trying!


  6. 9th Island Girl:

    Wow, cojef, that was beautifully said. I agree that there seems to be a decline in the social niceties. That makes me appreciate them even more. Tell your daughter that she should show her good manners, even if other people don't, just because it's the right thing to do.


  7. AJ:

    Agree w/ 9th Island Girl, we do it (basic manners and courtesy) because it's the right thing to do. However, also agree that society in general has become more selfish. "Ai no kea" - shameful.


  8. Ro Hart:

    ages ago, scientists did studies and found that stress caused by overcrowding, lack of food and water, and lack of sleep caused a rise in aggression in lab animals. I think that may also be a factor in the steady decline of manners and morals in modern times. (not excusing it... just finding a way to explain it) I was raised to have good manners and I taught my daughter to have the same. Sadly... we are surrounded by too many others who have none, and who are not only rude but also aggressive bullies.


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