It's Sunday... so you all get a story before I get to the point of this thread...
Last Thursday, I was struck by something that seems to be coming to the forefront these days, a topic that was more-or-less taboo in recent times seems to be getting talked about more and more casually.
It was late night and I just finished up our hockey team's weekly practice session and some of my teammates were discussing the naming of hockey rinks around the NHL. One friend said that he hates the Buffalo Sabres because their arena is named by HSBC bank and that bank was currently sending collectors after him. This prompted another to say he never liked Boston's (formerly named) Fleet Center because THAT bank was after him at one time, now he hates the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia because that is the bank currently after him.
I dressed and left the rink for home, but was struck with a memory of last summer and an outing with another couple. As typical, my wife and her friend sat in the back seat, with her friend's boyfriend in the front seat while I drove. Throughout the conversation on the drive, we made small talk, eventually getting onto the topic of cell phones and technology. He showed me his new phone and was bragging about the features and then said, "it's been great since the collections agencies stopped calling.
The point is here, not to gripe about corporate naming rights on sports arenas or the many features of today's mobile communication devices but rather I was simply struck by the casual nature that these lads' financial woes were expressed.
It used to be, in my mind at least, that one would have enough pride not to get into financial trouble. Then is someone did, it certainly wasn't shared with those around us.
However, something changed along the way. Are financial troubles becoming more prevalent nowadays that it is becoming a fact of life or right of passage, something to share with friends to get onto common ground? Or has a general faltering of pride infected us like a social pandemic? Has the gumption to take care of ones finacnial security faded?
In what other instances have we seen a faltering of pride?