I just wanted to write a post to all the people I encountered today and the thousands just like them. Apparently your parents didn’t teach your many important life lessons, and I think thats a shame, so I take it upon myself to bring you up to speed.
See, there are just some things that are not okay.
1. It is not okay to crumple up a coupon and throw it at a cashier because she told you that you may not use two coupons for the same item. That my friend, is immature and nothing short of a temper tantrum. I imagine you were the child I saw rolling on the floor in the toy aisle in about 1996. So now that you know you can’t have everything that you want, I expect these displays to cease immediately.
2. It is not okay to roll your eyes and huff and puff because somebody is in your way in a crowded aisle at the grocery store. In fact, this response is never called for. There is something called restraint and composure. It is a learned habit. Truly classy and professional people are set apart by this trait.
3. There are things that are worth raising your voice over. These things include:
- A situation in which there is imminent danger to a person or group of people.
- Celebration of a happy occurrence.
- Trying to find a lost person or pet.
The following are things which do not call for a raised voice:
- Inconveniences related to fast food or luxury items.
- A driving situation in which your ability to drive recklessly was impaired.
- Not being given what you want regardless of rules or reasonable guidelines that are beyond the power of the person bearing the message.
I expect these displays to cease immediately as well.
4. Passive Aggression. This response is simply the lack of maturity and confidence needed to explain ones thoughts in a direct and civil manner. With tact, you can express the most controversial sentiments without losing your composure.
The majority of these issues are a result of a lack of respect and concern for other human beings, as well as an over-inflated sense of entitlement and self centeredness. Learning that you are not the center of the universe and that other people are important too is step number one in being a real member of society. Remember, the most important form of government is self-government.
What’s that? you never learned that as a child?
We all know.