JournalismPakistan.com April 15, 2015
Have you ever not wanted to have a fight or argument because the issue doesn’t deserve it but the other party is aggressive and belligerent and just won’t let go?
Like this elderly gentleman who had parked his SUV behind a car to rush to the pharmacy to buy a medicine… obviously unless he was buying nail clippers. While he was inside the owner of the blocked car arrived and started getting heated up. As crises go it wasn’t cosmic, agreed, you are cheesed off and it is annoying but in the less than three minutes within which the SUV guy arrived carrying meds (not nail clippers) this car owner had wound himself to the point of cardiac arrest.
He was screaming and screaming and screaming again and gesticulating like the world had come to an end and Armageddon was round the corner and he began to yell again and this guy kept saying sorry but it was emergency and he was polite and apologetic but no, the owner of the car would not let go. He then kicked the tyre of the SUV and let off another stream of invective and shook a fist and thumped the car and this elderly person quietly drove away.
Now comes the best part. The SUV has gone but this man is still shouting and raising his voice and telling the knot of people watching this altercation about idiots and fools and brain dead drivers and he goes on for several minutes.
And I am thinking here you are ruining your health, raising your blood pressure, driving yourself into a foul mood and the guy who blocked your car for 180 seconds has gone. Get a life. Are you so spoilt, so imperial, so important that you cannot brook a three minute delay but you can shriek for 10 without cause.
Sad thing is so many of us are like this, crouched in a corner waiting for slight so we can start screaming over trivia.
(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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