Make Common Courtesy Great Again!

By Caleb Harris

I’ve recently read numerous articles about teens fighting each other at the mall across the United States. There’s a part of me that wants to say “I can’t believe this is still happening in the world today?” and another part of me is saying, “It’s not surprising, people are just bat **** crazy!”

If you haven’t read or watched the news, recent mall fights have broken out in multiple cities such as Manchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Fort, Texas just to name a few. They all occurred on Monday, December 26th, 2016, the day after Christmas. I know a lot of you are probably asking yourselves, “Why do people act so crazy during the holidays?” It’s quite simple actually. Well, at least I think so. A lot of people are so ungrateful and are mentally incapable of making rational decisions. We go from celebrating the holidays and being happy-go-lucky people. Then when the holidays are over, we recycle our fake happy masks and attack people that have what we do not have. Some of us are not like this, most of us are. As the old saying goes, “One bad apple spoils the bunch!”

These teens merely come from bad upbringings and were not raised correctly. I wasn’t in Manchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth, New Jersey, or Fort Worth, Texas the day after Christmas. I don’t leave my house the day after Christmas because of things like this occurring. So I can only imagine what happened. A possible scenario that could have occurred at the mall that day or on any other day for the matter: Tom is a seventeen-year-old that buys the sneakers that he likes and proceeds to walk out the store with his purchase in hand. Jim is a sixteen-year-old juvenile delinquent that decides to viciously beat him down and steal his sneakers.

Why did this happen? How could Jim do such a thing? Jim is a despicable human being who wanted something that he couldn’t have. Tom bought these pair of sneakers with his own money and Jim decided to steal these sneakers from him because he was jealous of him.

Instead of calling the cops or trying to break up the fight, other teens will proceed to yell, “World Star!” because that the cool thing to do these days. Yelling “World Star!” is not going to solve a damn thing. You should either break up the fight or call the police. Save me the “No snitching!” approach, it’s stupid. If you see someone getting beaten up like that, you need to do something about it.

Obviously, this is just an example. However, the point remains the same. People will try to beat you up because they want what you have. It’s the sad truth that plagues our society and one of the multiple reasons why we can’t grow as humans.

When I was younger, a kid came up to my friends when we were at Buckland Hills in Manchester, CT. and called us all B******. At first, I was taken back by the comment being directed at us by this kid. Then I thought about it and asked myself, “Why do I care what some bored, angry, the poorly raised kid thinks about me. He’s just bored because there’s nothing to do at this mall and he just wants to start some trouble.” Boredom and poor upbringings can do this to people, especially when you’re young.

Unfortunately, around the holiday’s people tend to lose their minds. This is nothing new, but worth discussing. In 2006, the new gaming console called the Play station 3 had just come out. A man was shot after he confronted the two gunmen who were robbing a group of 15 to 20 people trying to buy the console. Now here we are in with 2016 where violence is still amongst us. What a shame! The likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau would not want this kind of behavior to happen.

Humanity is so corrupt and close-minded that now we resort to violence when we do not get our way. Most of the world is full of “mental slaves”. Most people are slaves to expensive materials that are only popular for a brief amount of time. These “mental slaves” watch these commercials on television or the internet and see famous people wearing them and have to have them by any means necessary and it’s absolutely ridiculous. I don’t care what people say, materialistic items do not define who you are as a person. If you are an asshole, you’re million dollar watch does not make you less of an asshole.

Mental slavery has caused the human race to desire what we can’t afford to impress people we don’t like. In the Comedy television show, “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”, Grover was ridiculed about his sneakers by his arch-rival and basketball teammate Remy on the internet with the comment, “What are those?” Grover ended up going to East Chamberlain Heights to buy these sneakers called “Shackles” and is almost mauled for them in the process by numerous thugs.

The show does a fantastic job of outlining that the “shackles” symbolize mental slavery. The slaves shown in the commercial are wearing these sneakers represent the “consumers” and the slave masters who made and profit the sneakers represent “the big corporations”. The commercial was explaining that the big corporations think the consumers are ignorant and cannot think for themselves, just like a slave was back then. The commercial was painting a distinct picture of slave masters playing the modern day role of big corporations stating that slave masters and big corporations are both pure evil and want the control of others. The slaves played the role of the naive consumers who are to blind to see this because their brains are not fully-developed. And people say cartoons are just for kids!

It’s a win-win situation for the big corporations because they can earn a profit off these people’s purchases. They’ll even play to the under-privileged market in America and have the sneakers go on-sale for a limited time to attract more customers. On the other hand, its a lose-lose situation for the under-privileged market or the naive consumer because they will buy into this propaganda. Putting their bank accounts, house, car, etc. in jeopardy just to impress their “so-called” friends. On the day of the sale, a fight is bound to break out because the people that stood in this line are going to trample and fight each other just to get these sneakers. It makes me sick.

Finally, after reading these stories about the numerous fights that occurred in these malls it tells me that kindness, decency, and respect are no longer apparent in today’s society. Imagine if all of these teens were taught this, maybe, just maybe these fights wouldn’t have occurred. We need to treat people better and not act like neanderthals during the holidays or any day of the week. And no, this is not a New Years Resolution for 2017, It’s a pact to Make Common Courtesy Great Again!


  1. Wow!!!! Caleb, I always knew you were raised right, you have a magnificent mother, but it truly must make her heart proud to see you speak this truth so eloquently.

    YOU are an awesome young man!

    Kathy Bilodeau


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