What The Hell Happened To Courtesy?

This isn’t supposed to be one of those posts in which I rant about how Snooki, Honey Boo Boo and Kate Gosselin are a sign that the Mayans were right. My bet is that you better pay your mortgage and be nice to your neighbors because a month from now we’ll be in the middle of January 2013.

On the other hand if I am wrong it won’t matter so it is sort of a silly discussion to start.

What isn’t silly is the growing lack of courtesy and the acceptance of certain practices. I am not talking about the guy on the elevator today whose gastrointestinal distress made me wonder if I needed to pull out my cellphone and text a quick goodbye to friends and family.

That was toxic.

The Email Conundrum

Email has become one of the primary forms of communication for many of us. It is so pervasive that more than a few books have been written about how to manage our inboxes more effectively.

It is not uncommon to hear people say they feel overwhelmed by it. I understand the feeling because it is not unusual for me to receive close to a 100 emails a day which is why I have devised a system for sifting and sorting through.

But that is not the conundrum I speak of, rather I am referring to how it is becoming far less common for people to respond to the emails we send them.

The other day I sent out a note to 35 people and received responses from less than 25 percent of the people on the list. It wasn’t a long letter nor did it require anything more than a yes or no answer.

Would have been really easy to just hit reply and type yes or no but most people didn’t. I don’t understand. I want to say I do because I know how it can feel overwhelming but when someone asks a question it is rude to just ignore them.

Yet we see this happening all the time. Send out an Evite for a party and you’ll find that many people never respond. I know I am not the only one who has experienced this because the boys have said that it happens to them too.

People Who Refuse To Pull Over For Emergency Services

This is something that really irks me. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen ambulances and fire trucks be forced to weave in and out of traffic because cars refused to pull over to the side of the road to let them through.

In theory that is the kind of thing that can lead to a house burning down as well as serious risk to the health of the people who need those emergency services. If I had only seen this once or twice I might shrug my shoulders about it, but it is not once or twice.

I include the selfish jerks who park in fire lanes as having rightfully earned my disdain and scorn for their selfish behavior.

This Is Not Supposed To Be A Rant

I don’t intend for this to be a rant or a complete list of all the bad things people do. Nor am I going to try to soften it by saying that I am guilty of being selfish sometimes too, because we all do that.

It is really just a quick observation.

What do you think? Am I crazy or are more people walking around in a bubble?

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