What is up with the world today? Has our environment gotten so bad that the slightest act of honesty or kindness merits accolades? Before you start trying to answer these rhetorical questions, let me explain the events that led up to me asking these questions:
This past Sunday the wife and I took the truck up to the local garden center to buy some mulch. Anybody who has ever lived in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association can understand the need for fresh mulch in order to make the gardens look pretty. The reason we were going on Sunday was because I had bought some cheap mulch at a bigbox store; at 99 cents a bag it was a steal. Well, 20 bags later and the wife says it’s not what she wanted, it’s not right, it’s not mulch, etc. So, we returned the cheap mulch and got our $20 back.
Then on Sunday, we went to the local garden center to purchase cypress much for four dollars a bag. So, I forked out over $100 for 25 bags of the expensive mulch and off we went back to the house to do some gardening. In the course of laying out the new mulch, I discovered the garden center inadvertently loaded my truck with 26 bags of expensive mulch. Well, we only paid for 25 and we only used 25 so the first thing I figured was I would return the extra bag to the center as soon as I had a chance.
Today, Tuesday, I went to the garden center and returned the extra bag of mulch. The young man who took it out of my truck asked me if I had the receipt in order to be reimbursed; this is when I told him the whole story of being loaded with one bag too many. Well, you would have thought I had single-handedly saved the world; his reaction and the reaction of his coworkers were so overwhelming it was embarrassing to say the least! Now, I am not telling you this story in order to toot my own horn; I am positive there are many more people that would have done the exact same thing in the exact same situation so there is no need to feel special about doing the right thing.
Which is what bugs the hell out of me; we live in an area that is supposedly filled with Christian people yet one simple act of honesty triggers an astounding reaction. Has the world gotten so bad that honest people are now the exception rather than the rule? I really would like to know your thoughts on this.