Something I hate more than anything…inconsiderate people. Why is it that the farther down the path of time we go, the more manners seem to go by the wayside? No matter how nice you are to some people, they are just rude. The most recent example in my life, and the reason I am writing now, is the people who don’t ever return a greeting. Seriously, how fucking hard is it to just say hello back? Now, I will be the first to admit, and those who know me will attest to the validity of my claim…I am an asshole. I am usually not one that people stand in line to talk to, unless they want something from me. However, when someone offers me a greeting, I at least have the decency to return it.
Just a few moments ago, I passed an older lady in the grocery store. As I passed, I said, “Pardon me, ma’am.” She looked at me like I had a dick growing out of my forehead. She said nothing. It wasn’t that she didn’t speak English (I heard her talk the other lady she was with just prior), she was just a rude old lady. A few minutes later I said, “Hello” to a guy about my age. Again, no response. As I passed, I said, “Or I guess I could just go fuck myself!” He looked shocked. Not sure why…that’s pretty much what he said by not saying anything at all. As I rounded a corner, my cart bumped into another cart belonging to another grocery store patron. I said, “Excuse me, sir, I’m sorry.” Old boy just glared at me. To be fair, I offered a “Hi, there” to a few others who responded in kind, but three instances of rudeness in less than 30 minutes? Not really a coincidence as much as a sign of where out society is going. To say I am irritated would be an understatement.
Now, to be honest, I do not offer a greeting to everyone I pass. If the situation dictates, I do, but I am not one of those annoying people who bounces from person to person trying to spark up conversation. I just try to be polite. At the end of the day, I guess I am just disappointed with the crassness of our society. People wonder why others don’t stop to help change a tire in the rain, or otherwise offers of a “helping hand” don’t come often. This is why. We are living in a society of people who just do not have common courtesy. They have no sense of community. I am not trying to blame the descent of this country on simple acts of rudeness, but it is where it all starts.
Do me a favor, the next time someone offers you a greeting, think about it for a second before you just look at them in disgust. A little courtesy will go a long way. Think I am wrong? What do you do?
Tell the world how you feel. Let it out in a comment. Doesn’t matter if you agree or think I am nuts, you will feel better if you take a moment to vent.