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Take no quarter...

November 7, 2007 11:19 AM

Sometimes my mind reels at how rude people can be. I don’t have any particular instance in mind at the moment but I’m sure almost anyone can come up with one without even the most minor of effort.

In and of itself it wouldn’t bother me but I’ve noticed that it’s getting worse and worse. The number of incidents in any given day is increasing without any apparent signs of slowing.

Rude drives, rude counter people, rude government, rude society, rude countries....there seems to be a trend here...

So what the hell am I supposed to do? I was taught and have always strived not to be rude to others because it comes back to me in time and others are rude to me. (I didn’t realize how true this was until much later but I digress...)

As usual there’s three real options:

1) Try and keep it as polite as possible no matter how rude people are to you.

2) Try and be rude when necessary and polite when necessary.

3) Be rude to everyone all the time across the board.

I’m currently trying to do the first one but usually doing the second instead. The third one is tempting but would break other things - like relationships. Unfortunately trying to do the first is causing me problems because everyone else seems to be doing number three.

So this leaves me with number two and number three. I’d love to try and focus on the balance represented by the second choice but if I attempt to follow that path I will likely end up following the last one.

Here’s how I see it. When something is holding you down you need to outperform it just to rise above it. You can’t just stand in this universe or it will knock you over - you have to fly or run. (Yes, I know, mixed metaphors. Bite me - I’m not an English major or perfect.)

So that means that despite how I feel, despite people telling me constantly what to do with my life, despite people telling me how to do my job, despite how many people insult me, treat me differently because of my beliefs, and in general cause me any amount of trouble...despite ALL that I have to try and be polite.

The problem is that you fuckers - you know who your are - are NOT doing that. You’re following the last part to the letter. And the worst part is that you don’t care. Period.

You don’t give a damn about anyone but yourself. You don’t care that people around you are carrying the load generated by you being a complete and utter asshole.

Well you know what? Eventually you’re going to make enough assholes around you by osmosis that those people carrying your load are going to throw it back at you.

And all those people that _were_ good people, polite people, people that care, are going to become assholes. And it’ll be your fault. Asshole.

There is a solution though for those polite people - don’t carry an asshole. Let that person dangle and then fall over. You’re doing no favors by helping them and no favors by not exposing them for the assholes they are.

If enough polite people do that then eventually they’ll do one of two things. They’ll either fade out and quit the game or they’ll change.

Either would be an improvement in life on this planet.




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