JournalismPakistan.com May 3, 2014
Do you think it is possible that some of us are inclined to meet rude and inconsiderate people and the lucky ones don't…or, at least meet them much less.
I wrote to a fellow journalist on the request of a common friend and he refused to respond. I wrote him four times without an answer. So I tell I am surprised. He finally sends me a message saying when his personal secretary returns from leave he will answer my letters. What is it about people they think they are lizards holding up the roof and staving calamity.
Then my son in law and daughter go to the Mall and they come across the only honker in 5000 cars who is right behind their vehicle leaning on the horn in a gridlock. My daughter is expecting and when she tries to get out of the lift those outside literally push her back in because they do not have the manners to wait for the cubicle to empty. That is only common sense.
My wife seldom is the first off the plane. She waits for the stampede to be over. And it is a stampede. The flying public behaves like prisoners being released, they trample over each other, women and children be damned.
I am in a queue and this man just saunters up, breaks the line, thinks nothing of it. Everyone just keeps quiet. I don’t. And in that incredible way human chemistry works, I come off looking like the unreasonable one.
Where have all our manners gone? You see a lady with a pram, you don’t open the door. A smile has become so expensive, it is a dying species. We push and shove to be there first. Be where first, that is the point.
I go to the supermarket and the guy there decides I am the one customer he can treat badly so he places the detergent with the chicken and the fruit in the same bag and does not think I deserve better. His attitude is one of visible contempt.
I take a cab and am united with the one cabbie who is so ill-mannered and grumpy I am sure he is going to fly off the bridge.
I tell you, this cannot happen to everyone. There has to be a great divide. Some people get them all, others don’t.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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