Monday, March 18, 2013

Common Courtesy: Apparently not so common

When did Courtesy go out of style?  Did I miss the memo?

How difficult is it for someone to hold the door open long enough for you, who are only three steps behind, to grab it before it begins to close?  Why do people edge closer to the car in front, virtually riding on their bumper, just to avoid letting someone in from an on-ramp?

In fact, when did people start believing that they were entitled to inflict their bad attitude and behaviour upon everyone else?  This isn't happening just in the 'public' sphere, it's not just a reflection of 'road rage', I am seeing more and more discourteous and downright rude behaviour occurring in the workplace.  Senior level people who seem to think that their position gives them the right to mistreat or be short with others.

Is it due to the seemingly constant state of 'busyness' that everyone surrounds themselves with?  Is everyone in such a state of 'overwhelm' that they no longer have the time, let alone the inclination, to engage in the niceties of interacting with others?

To make matters worse, it is usually those that believe it is acceptable to say whatever they want - about and to others - that cry foul, unfair, unjust when they are held accountable for their actions.  Why should it be such a surprise that there are consequences for the actions we take?  It's Newton's 3rd Law of Action after all... for every Action there will be an equal and opposite Reaction.  If you don't like the result - Change the Behaviour!

Disrespecting others is a choice.  If you don't like the consequence or the outcome - choose differently.

Rant over.

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