Rory had raised a very important point here. He asks;
There are many forms of discourteous behaviour …
What are your Top 5 bugbears?
I feel that the concept of being polite has taken a backseat in most countries and cultures of the world nowadays.
The things that irritate me most are;
This is a change that has come over people gradually over the years. Now most people, young and old exhibit intolerance towards others. It may be due to the everyday stresses they are going through but intolerance has reached new heights.
Looking after number one has never been more true than now. People are concerned about themselves first of all and in this, they ignore the harm they can do to others.
• Cutting lines;
In traffic, or while standing in queues, they are in too much of a hurry to wait their turn. It’s another manifestation of selfish behavior.
Well, I don’t know if ordinary people lie that much, but politicians and those in power lie a lot. It has generated an environment of mistrust among the general public.
• Not paying attention;
I think everyone is so engrossed in their own thoughts that they just don’t pay attention to what they are supposed to be doing, or where they should be going. A cell phone or another device in their hands and they are oblivious to the world around them.
Do you believe that;
1] common courtesy is dead and
2] that political correctness and equality may have a stake in the problem itself or do you believe it is purely and simply a lack of concern for people?
I think politeness is dying a slow and painful death because we aren’t bothered about others anymore. Not everyone is like that as some people have good values still but a huge majority of people have abandoned courtesy and politeness.
Political correctness or gender equality has nothing to do with it in my opinion. It’s just an erosion of good values all along.
Finally, should we all just join the ‘F##k You Squad!’ and become less respectful to people?
I won’t join that group as I believe in practicing what I think. And I think we should try to instill good values in our younger generation. Maybe they will reverse this trend of not giving a d@mn about others.