Is Common Courtesy Now A Thing Of Our Past?
You know the other day l was taking a taxi to Deal so that l could collect my prescription for my antibiotics and the driver of the taxi, a guy maybe a good ten years my senior and l were talking about the behaviour on British roads today and how seemingly there was a distinct lack of common courtesy from other drivers. That whereas maybe 20 years 7/10 drivers would wave a thankyou or perform the bum wiggle with their rear lights to say thank you or flash their heads and yet, now 20 years later and the number of polite drivers now looks like 2 out of 10, and that’s lucky!
I have had conversations with Suze on a number of occasions in the last two years alone, where we would be, at say a busy T junction outside Kingsdown waiting for a break in traffic and hoping a driver might let us out ? But this hardly ever happens anymore. Now a driver must edge out of the T and force their way across the road.
Mind you, l am writing on just traffic alone – there is a distinct lack of politeness and respect to other people these days across all platforms, industries, topics and peoples alike. Things like, people not closing their mouth when eating in a public location, or not flushing toilets after themselves, holding the door open for people and not being acknowledged or even saying thank you …. and the list is endless.
I remember raising this question with someone about 5 years ago, their response was to throw political correctness and equality into my face with the bland statement of …. “courteousness is dead in the water and people need to stop it!”
I am always polite and courteous to others and if on the the rarest of occasions people witness me being disrespectful l usually have a watertight reason for my poor behavior, but it is rare indeed that l am blatantly rude to people.
There are many forms of discourteous behaviour …
What are your Top 5 bugbears?
Do you believe that 1] common courtesy is dead and 2] that political correctness and equality may have a stake in the problem itself or do you believe it is purely and simply a lack of concern for people?
Finally, should we all just join the ‘F##k You Squad!’ and become less respectful to people?
Let me know below – thanks.