I apologize right off the bat— this is my frustration of living in our modern world. Common courtesy” isn’t common anymore. What happened to looking people in the eye and returning a smile when you are the only two people passing each other?
Granted, the rules are different in the frantic activity of a big city. I live in a small tourist area where the population blooms with folks during “the season.” Our little city becomes an engorged population of 5 times the off-season number. The stark difference from these two times is phenomenal. A pervasive tension is now here and won’t be leaving anytime soon.
Anonymity is a contributing factor: “I’ll never see you again” attitude, and, perhaps a little, “Don’t you know who I am?” or “I’m on vacation.” Whatever the reasons for common rudeness, it adds more negativity to the people around them.
I’m working on giving people an excuse, but tailgating is a tough one for me. It’s the height of arrogance and/or anger for my experience. Believe me, I’m a sometimes contributor to that behavior. I know I’m not spreading sweetness and light as my colleague, Jessica does. I yearn for a gentle, respectful time.
I’m imploring all of us, including myself, to think a moment about where we are and with whom we are interacting. Be polite—please. Ripples on the water, ripples on the water.
Thanks to those who have indulged my tirade