Seven billion. A huge number. In fact, it’s such a massive number, its very difficult to picture or contemplate. Yet, thats exactly (well not exactly) how many human beings reside on this planet, known as Earth. A planet that is essentially 90% water with only 10% available land. But, in actual fact, 4% of that land is uninhabitable deserts, ice deserts, barren volcanic rock or snake and spider infested jungles. This leaves seven billion of us to fight over a tiny 6% of habitable land.
When you do that kind of math, it doesn’t take Einstein to work out, that a few of us won’t get along. We may annoy each other, become angry with one another. We may disagree with opinions or beliefs of other people or religions. And frighteningly enough, some of us don’t think twice of killing each other.
None of us are born with manners. When your parents raise you, they teach you right from wrong, how and when to say please and thank you and teach you the importance of a good education. The sad truth is, there are a lot of children out there that don’t receive as good an upbringing as they deserve, meaning that they could grow into adulthood possessing neither manners, respect or a good education.
Most of us respect our parents for teaching us the important things in life and we will put it into practice as we go through our childhood and into our adult life.
Some people, however, don’t. Instead, they choose to forget manners, choose to be disrespectful towards other people and just enjoy being horrible or nasty.
I, for one, was raised with, and taught the importance of manners and respecting people. When I encounter people who are ignorant, disrespectful and just down right rude, it really, really gets my goat!
Simple things like holding doors open, saying excuse me if you need to squeeze past someone on the bus or train, apologising if you step on someones toe or helping somebody pick up their shopping when the bags suddenly burst. These are examples of common courtesy, manners and respect.
Are these things really difficult to do? For some people, the answer is yes.
I can remember many times when I’ve been bumped past on the street or on a bus, yet, the ignoramus responsible, keeps walking. I can remember holding doors open for people as they enter the mall, only to have it swing back in my face as I exit.
Other people believe that they are the only ones around and are free to do as they please without considering others. I’ll give you an example:
The other day, my lovely wife and I had been for a late night swim (it really helps her in the last stages of pregnancy). After stopping for a bag of chips, I noticed that one of my tyres was flat, and so, proceeded to the nearest fuel station. When I arrived, I pulled up by the air dispenser and began blowing up my tyre. Within 5 seconds of this, a car came roaring in off of the street, dodged the fuel pumps and screeched to a halt. To add to the idiocy of the driver, he was booming 90’s dance music so loud it would have awoken Godzilla from hibernation. Boom, boom! Thud, Thud! I’ll bet if he killed the engine, the vibrations from the bass could’ve easily carried the car along the road. I’m sure we all play music loud in our cars, sometimes. I have, and do. But, not at 10:30pm in a built up area, and certainly not as I pull into a quiet fuel station. What amazed me even more about this, was that the driver was a balding, fat 40 something, height of nothingness man. His friend, of equal description, hauled himself out of the low riding car and headed to an ATM. Even more astoundingly, they actually tried to talk to each other, or rather, scream at each other as the music boomed, while one idiot stood at the ATM and the other moron sat in his car. Seriously gents, drive responsibly, turn that ageing dance music down and act your bloody age!
I have often witnessed people load shopping into their cars, only to lazily toss the shopping trolley to one side and climb into their cars. Of course, that trolley will eventually creep down the gradient and eventually hit some poor souls new Maserati. What makes this more irritating, aside from the down right laziness and zero respect for other peoples property, is the fact that the trolley park is less than 3 meters from them. Yet, these very people would be the first complain if their car was whacked by a run away trolley.
You can imagine my horror as I browsed my local supermarket and witnessed an elderly customer trying to get the attention of an assistant, by calling after them as if they were some little junk yard dog, while waving a walking stick in the air. The store worker remained calm and pleasant. I for one, was boiling inside. I would never dream of ever speaking to a junk yard dog like that anyway, never mind another human being.
Other experiences, such as walking along the street and approaching a Zebra crossing, only to be almost run over by some ignorant, arrogant a-hole who decides that they don’t want to stop for you, even although it’s the law. And, when you make a face of disgust, they are the ones who throw a hand out of the window, and make a rude gesture of some sort.
There are countless other examples of dealing with, or witnessing a world crammed with horrible ignoramuses. Im sure, many of you have examples of your own and have most likely dealt with an ignorant idiot quite recently.
However, to the ignorant idiots out there, who choose to be disrespectful, nasty or just down right rude, stop and think for just one minute. How exactly would you feel, if the shoe was on the other foot?
Ignorance, disrespect and rudeness really, really gets my goat!
Read Parts 1 and 2, here
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