Oh, I SO love the title of ‘Etiquette Vigilanteism’! Heard the term on a CBC Radio interview and it spoke to me. I’ll try to be careful not to let this article deteriorate into a rant, but I mean, it just so gets to me when people are inconsiderate. Back in my teaching days, I would light off when any of my students exhibited ‘me first’ behavior. Think of it. We are living in an increasingly crowded world and – it seems to me – our behaviors are becoming more anti-social, or at least more inconsiderate of others. Now, let it be said that I am a grumpy, not-so-old fart anyway, and it is easy to fall into the trap of, “Back in my day . . . .” Still, am I the only one who gets pissed off at people who answer than then start yammering into their cellphones at your favourite restaurant? Or you are sitting in your yard enjoying peace, quiet and a beer when a car drives by with woofer thumping so loudly you can feel it throughout your body? Should we just put up with these sounds and these people and mark it up to the ‘new world’ in which we live? We all know that kids have a tendency to ‘me first’ whilst growing up. This can be just a phase, if their parents deal with it. If they don’t, they grow into the ‘inconsideratei’ I’ve been describing.
Do we do anything about it? Should we say something to these inconsiderate types? Is it a quality of life issue? If people hogging two parking spaces because they don’t know how to drive and park a car, pisses me off to the point of apolexy, should I leave a note on their window? When I say hi to somewhen when walking on the sidewalk and they don’t hear me because they are a) listening to their iPod or b) talking on their iPhone, should that upset me?
I need to know, really I do. Perhaps this is indeed now the world we live in where people are in their own world and everyone else be damned. I don’t like it though. What do you think? Is this a HUGE waste of effort and emotion on my part, or is it something to purse with passion?
Please let me know in the ‘comments’ section.