In going through life it is advantageous for people to be perceptive to human behavior. This can sometimes be a good thing to help get through your day and to see the good in the people around you. Unfortunately, there is a trend that continues to rise in the growing selfishness of too many people that you come in contact with every day. As long as they are getting what they want, standing where they want to be, doing what they want to do etc. there are too many people who don’t mind going through there daily routine at the, if need be, expense of those around them.
Have you ever walked on a crowded sidewalk carrying something only to be met by a group of people walking abreast who don’t even think to step aside a little and let you through? Or how often do you walk through a door in a public place right behind someone who actually holds the door for you? With that you can look at the other side and ask, when you hold the door for someone else do they at least stop and say thank you? Just recently i was driving down a narrow street and saw up ahead a man double parked get out of his car and go into an apartment building. I tapped the horn to which he turned and looked at me, ignored me and kept walking. I waited patiently for ten minutes as I could not back up. I tapped the car horn again and he came out with whom i assume was his girlfriend. She started yelling at me and he proceeded to give me the finger. That would seem to me there was no thought of i where i might have to go or what my time constraints might be. I guess thats what he wanted to be doing at that time and i should just keep quiet and wait. If you live in an apartment you’ll like this one. The neighbor who makes his/her share of noise. Which i completely understand living in such close proximity to one another. But perish the thought of a peep coming out of someone else’s apartment! I guess he/she would believe that sound only travels one way. Into their apartment so they can complain but i guess the noise i hear is fine. The good old double standard.
There is just too much of people expecting you should just wait until they are done, get out of their way, do as they want and say to do, and only then when they are finished for themselves you can go. Does this problem stem from our upbringing? Is it just in our culture due to the cutthroat nature of this great country? The most worrisome part to me is that people don’t even seem to think there is anything wrong with this. Like they don’t even know you’re supposed to think of others.
Whatever it is a reversal in this trend would be a nice thing to see. Next time you are out and about and busy remember to stop for a moment and look around. Are you blocking someone while you’re finishing what you’re doing? Stop and let them through. Are you walking into a store? Turn around and hold the door for the next person. Let someone change lanes in front of you while you drive. Say please and thank you. You can accomplish what you set out to do in a day without being selfish. Be aware that there are other people trying to make it through their day just like you.