Opinion

Have a little respect for others

By Laura Briggs

After two recent house break-ins in the same street of my parents’ home in the past month, my mum started to fear hers might be next.

Mum, being the slightly dramatic woman she can be, initially came to the conclusion she would not leave her house in case the robbers came while she was out.

When she quickly realised that was going to be near impossible, she had another solution to gather all of her jewellery and anything else she could find around the house of worth, putting it all together on the kitchen bench and leaving a note for the robbers saying: ‘‘Here’s everything I own of any worth, you’re welcome to take it and be blessed, have a great day’’.

She genuinely considered it before she realised, again, she was being a little over the top.

She got past her fear and expectancy by shifting her focus and choosing to live free of those binding thoughts.

Things had returned to normal...and then it happened.

Mum and dad returned to their newly-renovated home after spending a few hours out and about on Wednesday morning to find a brick had been thrown through the back glass door, spreading millions of tiny shattered glass pieces into the room.

As they went in, they discovered damaged walls, broken mirrors and many of their belongings scattered throughout the house — to the extent the main bedroom seemed as though a small tsunami had swept through.

After a house fire nine years ago, in which my family lost everything we had owned and shook our world at the time, we all learned materialistic things come and go.

For that reason mum and dad had not collected valuables and special belongings that they held close to them.

To them, family is the most valuable thing in life and no materialistic objects could match the value of family.

So for dad, to have his $15 watch he had bought on a cruise last year taken, he was not completely broken-hearted.

In fact, after the day he had spent away from work organising to have his glass door fixed before dark and cleaning up the house, he still had it in him to bring out one of his favourite Christmas bon bon jokes and asked me ‘What do you call two robbers?’ to which mum and I laughed, saying ‘A pair of knickers’.

To my parents, the belongings that were taken were not a big deal. But to know that their space was invaded and their house was damaged for absolutely no reason, was.

I can not help but ask, what drives someone to break into someone else’s home and destroy what does not belong to them?

Or steal someone’s car and set it alight — something we have seen happening all too often in the past weeks.

These incidents are becoming more and more regular. It’s disgusting and it’s disappointing.

The world today is a very selfish place, where chaos has become normal and something needs to change.

If you feel the need to break into someone else’s home and make a mess of the place, then fine, but do some research and do it to someone who is out doing the same thing.

It always seems to be the innocent people who cop the consequences for selfish people’s actions. People are lacking respect and it’s disheartening.

I don’t understand why all people are not working together to elevate each other and help each other in times of need.

Instead, people are creating even more reasons for others to seek help for things that should never have happened in the first place.

I don’t know what the answer is to see people develop respect, but I do know that if the world could understand and show respect to everyone around them, the world would be a very different place.

Laura Briggs is a journalist at The News.