We backed out of our parking spot at the grocery store when a woman in a large monster truck pulled into the aisle facing us. She motioned for us to go around her on the other side which created a hazardous situation for us and potentially head-on into other traffic. We backed up and she furiously did the wide-swing maneuver to that the spot.
Then I saw it.
She had a smartphone in one hand while trying to drive her beast of a truck with the other.
We both pointed out to the woman that she might have better success driving if she would put the phone down.
Words were exchanged before she suggested we “something” off.
A contractor was scheduled to meet us at 5 p.m. to give us estimates on a project. Never showed up. Never called. Nothing. Then at 6:15 p.m. we get a call they were in our drive way. We told them goodbye. They then tried to push the blame that they “thought” they were told it was 6 p.m.
Again, not their fault.
My friends, we live in a world where you can never call out or correct anyone for anything. Somehow they will turn it around to blame you for calling them out for their mistake.
What is wrong with people?
One word comes to mind: Pride.
We live in a world where people are too prideful to admit their mistakes or apologize. Even worse, some are more apt to pull out a gun and shoot you rather than taking responsibility for their actions.
It’s a sad state that we are in.
I see examples of the no-fault world every day. Too many people act as if they are the only one in the world and they do not have to wait or be mindful that other people could be around. I have simply walked down the main hallway in my building and have had people busting out of a side door never looking or thinking that someone might be in the main hallway then giving me the stink eye for being in their way.
The only right-of-way is THEIR way.
And don’t get me started about the traffic. That’s the subject for another blog.
People are selfish and have no patience today. The moment the light changes to green, vehicles behind the first car are already moving forward as if trying to push their way through or blowing their horns at the first hint of green.
And why can’t people stay off the phones when driving? With all the laws that are passed and deaths caused by distracted drives, why can’t people simply DRIVE their vehicles?
The world doesn’t want people who obey the rules anymore. We are a dying breed. We hold everyone else back and when we call them out about their infraction they are ready to fight. People what to do whatever they want to do without regard to others.
So why is it so bad? Why are people never to blame for their actions?
The smartphone has made us dumb. We stare at them all the time. We are slaves to them. We are spoiled with instant news, instant data and moving faster. People who aren’t in our circle aren’t important.
“Move out of my way!”
“I want to get ahead of you!”
“You are insignificant!”
I dread becoming a senior citizen. I’m already slow and I know I won’t be able to keep up with how the world is getting faster and more impatient.
So what’s the answer? Should we still call people out for their infractions?
I think there are times you have to do it but in the same situation how do WE respond when we are called out when WE are in the wrong? Yep, that one stings doesn’t it? There will be times when we are the offenders and we have to make the instant decision on how to respond.
A simple “I’m sorry” goes a long way to helping the situation.
I know there are people who go around saying “life is good” and singing songs to the Lord who will poo-poo this blog as they clean their rose-colored glasses. They obviously don’t live in the real world – or maybe they are the no-faulters themselves.
The Golden Rule has tarnished. Not many people out there think of others. It’s more like “I will do unto others what I want to do but they had better no do unto me.”
I don’t have six ways to deal with this subject or any easy answers. The only thing we can do is do what we can do and respond the best we can. It’s just a fact that we are outnumbered by a-holes out there.