If there’s one thing that annoys me more than anything else in the world, aside from the tag sticking out of someone’s shirt, is how rude people can be to one another. We’re all here on this planet together, we’re one race, and we’re more similar than different. Yet, for some reason, many humans will treat others terribly for no real reason. Now, this is always on my mind, especially since I’m dealing with some extremely passive aggressive jerks right now, but something particular (more so than the jerks) brought this to the forefront of my mind recently.
I was at work at the LSSU library Thursday evening (April 14th), and one of my acquaintances from my first year at LSSU came walking in, let’s call him Tim. Tim and I haven’t really spoken much since my first year because that’s how life can be, but we’ve always been friendly when we see each other and we greet each other by name. Anyway, Tim, a human, was working on the research for his senior project. Like many seniors who do a senior research project, Tim was collecting data from the student body via surveys that are handed out around campus. Tim came in and asked me if I would help him by filling out his survey. Since the library was slow that evening, I said I would and filled out one of the surveys while he printed out more. It took me less than five minutes. When Tim came back from printing, he said “thank you for doing something other’s should’ve.”
Now I know that taking surveys can be boring and tedious, but the ones that the undergraduate students here at LSSU do are quick and simple. They’re being used to help another student learn some really interesting things as well as (hopefully) get a good grade. The fact that there are a lot of students here on my campus that don’t want to help out sickens me. Yes it takes some time out of your day, but wouldn’t you want people to take your survey if you were in their shoes? I know I would.
From personal experience, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are completely self absorbed and don’t give diddly squat about others. Sure technology and everything has added to the mix, making it easier to say and do things to people without having to see them, but it seems that people have gotten meaner as generations have changed. Yes there were mean people in every generation, but at least at some points they had societal customs that allowed them to politely tell someone they didn’t like them instead of ignoring people like we do today.
People seem to go one of two ways these days. They either are a bad person and never lend a hand, or they lend a hand whenever they have a hand to lend. Yes, your happiness should be placed above others, but that doesn’t mean you should be a jerk to them. Seriously, you’ll get no where in life if all you do is ignore people and are passive aggressive, people will only tolerate so much before they fight back. If you want to be a jerk to others, fine, go ahead, just be prepared for what you may receive in return.