“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
~ Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) ~
Rudeness leads to the deteioration of common sense, which is defined as sound practical judgement that is independent of specialized knowledge, training or the like; normal native intelligence.
Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Are you chronically late?
- Have you ever typed an email while on the phone?
- Have you ever interrupted a face to face conversation to take a non urgent cell phone call?
- Have you stolen someone’s parking space when they’ve had their indicator light on?
- Have you taken someone’s else’s food or drink from the office refrigerator?
- Have you ever gossiped?
If you answered yes to any of the above then you’re considered to be rude and/or have displayed rude behavior. Stop and think about, if any of these things were done to you you’d be thoroughly pissed off and would consider the other person to be rude. 80% of Americans say that rudeness is a serious problem. 99% of those people say that they aren’t rude.
According to P.M. Forni author of Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct states that the quality of our lives depends on how we treat others and that rudeness is bad for our health. That there are specific hormones that cause our internal systems to break down.
Here are a few more actions that are considered to be rude:
- Cutting people off in traffic
- Rude customers
- Rude sales clerks
- Out of control children in public
- Snarky/group emails
- Coughing and/or sneezing without covering your mouth (plain ass nasty)
- Not washing your hands after using the restroom (again just plain ass nasty)
- Smoking around others and not asking or taking into consideration that it may bother them or not like it at all
- Having loud mobile phone conversations while out in public
- Mobile phones turned on at public events (i.e. church, movies, school plays, etc.)
- Texting while driving (this is just plain stupid)
- Texting while spending quality time with family and friends
- Taking phone calls while on a date
- Chewing gum with mouth open
- Interrupting others while they’re speaking
- Not tipping at a buffet; you’re still being provided a service
“We never touch people so lightly that we don’t leave a trace.” ~Peggy Tabor Millin~