People are not as polite as they were when I was a kid. I know, not a shocker. But why? Are we really that busy that we can’t say “please”, “thank you” or “I’m sorry”?
A few years ago, I would have chalked it up to people’s arrogance or perhaps just an overinflated sense of self-entitlement. Now I think part of the degeneration of consideration comes from the (actual or perceived) fact that the world is crashing down around you.
Insurance companies are not helpful, the gas prices keep going up, as do taxes, jobs are drying up the lady at the drive-thru was snotty and messed up your order. So if you accidentally shoulder block someone to the ground, cut someone off in traffic, or cause some other kind of unwarranted stress on someone else, you deem it as your way of striking back at the world.
The fact is, you’ve just created another monster.
Why not take time, just an extra second to hold a door for someone (especially that mother of two pushing a stroll AND a grocery cart), let someone into traffic, apologize when you inadvertently cut someone off, or bump shoulders.
Is it too much to ask?