When I think of rudeness, I think of employees at fast food restaurants, clerks at government facilities, and drivers in urban areas. And then I think of myself: abrasiveness with friends, neglect of thank you notes, late arrivals at gatherings.
We’re all rude, at times, but is there some common element amongst rudies that makes us to be so? Not that we can point to some environmental factor and absolve ourselves of all personal responsibility, but is there a common explanation?
Poverty, for example? Low-paying jobs? Geography?
I, for one, think that pace-of-life is a major factor. Hurry, hurry, hurry. How can we be polite to one another when we’re rushing, all the time? How can we be considerate if we act so quickly that we don’t have time to consider what ought to be considered before acting? We cannot, and therefore, we end up acting inconsiderately.
More than ever, we need to slow down. We need to think. We need to think before speaking. We need to think before acting. And we need to give others the time to think before reacting to us, recognizing that it may take them more or less time than we find convenient.
I haven’t posted in a while, but perhaps slowing down to write will remind me to take time to be polite.