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Friday, March 31, 2006

Courtesy


Courtesy
Originally uploaded by Terz.

So, what is it with courtesy nowadays?

When I was stilll going to school, it used to be, if you saw someone who needed a seat in public transportation more than you, you'd get up and offer. It was the human thing to do.

The decent thing.

Now, we have designated seats for people who need to sit down. And this is the result. The two men to the right of the picture are older men. Much older men. At least 60.

What does the girl in the picture do? Nothing. Granted she wasn't in one of the designated seats, but heck, I got up on Monday to give someone my seat - even though I wasn't in one of those either. That's what legislation does, folks. It gives excuses to idiots who never went beyond Stage 2 of Kohlberg's model of moral development for everything they do in their lives.

It's one thing to be engrossed in your reading, but how much does it take to look up once in a while to see if anyone else really needs to sit down? How engrossed can you be when you realise that your stop's coming up and you can begin putting away your things and get ready to step off at the station? All the while, ignoring the two men standing next to you.

And while we're on the subject of ignoring, notice the bag to her right? That's hers. And notice how it's taking up most of the next seat as well?

"A gracious society..."

What a crock.

3 Comments:

  • At 8:32 PM, March 31, 2006, Blogger panaphobic said…

    Why you never say anything leh

     
  • At 1:44 AM, April 01, 2006, Blogger Terz said…

    Why? Shaming better than educating.

    That's why I don't want to be a teacher anymore. And besides, she didn't look up long enough for me to say anything; also, old man #1 was coughing very loudly to attract her attention, which didn't work obviously...

     
  • At 3:27 PM, April 02, 2006, Blogger  said…

    yah - education is sometimes useless. its not that people don't know what the decent thing to do is. they just don't want to do it.

    yesterday i was at the pool and this kid jumped in right next to me, creating a huge splash. i glared at him and he stared back and his mother (who was just a couple of metres away) didn't even raise an eyebrow.

     

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