It has been brought to my attention again today how little respect we have for each other as human beings, judging people by perception, or our own, biased, "worst-case-scenario" mentality.
In other words, I'm angry.
I'm tired of paying for bad service. I'm tired of people treating one another as if we exist in different castes. I'm pissed off that no one says "thank you" anymore. Are we so technologically wired that we have forgotten how to interact with each other in person? What happened to being polite? What happened to really LOOKING at someone when you're talking to them? Is it bad parenting? A global inferiority complex?
Think about how many other things you accomplish when speaking on the telephone. You do dishes, fold laundry, feed the dogs. You brush your teeth, check your bank account, pick your nose, update your Facebook status. We've forgotten how to deal with each other on a face-to-face basis. Half the time I hang up the phone, I've already forgotten the minutia of the conversation. Details have become obsolete.
"What did so-and-so say?" he asks from in front of the television.
"Oh, something about going to pick up her mom this afternoon, and she wanted to know if we wanted to meet up this weekend and do something," she hollers from the kitchen.
"Oh," he says. "Where's her mom been?"
She continues putting dishes away. "Uhmm, I don't know. Something about work, some work trip or something. I can't remember."
The weekend comes and goes. Oops, I forgot. Sue me.
Social networking has done nothing to help us network socially. You have 420 characters to describe what's on your mind. Maybe you have 120. It's your choice. Pick your poison, just don't elaborate on it. We don't have time for the details. Just give us the whowhatwhenwherehowwhys so we can be on our way.
And, oh yeah, thanks for posting.