A big part of character is manners. Sometimes it’s as simple as “please and thank you”, opening up doors for others and “have a nice day.” It’s truly the simple things that go a long way.
This is true in every culture, not just here in America. So, when I saw this video, I just cringed. In China, a man waits with his pregnant wife in a waiting room. There are plenty of seats, but people already occupy these seats. Of course, all of these dopes are on their cell phones, oblivious to what is going on (or at least they play it off that way). None of these young people offered to give up their seats to the pregnant woman. After waiting for a while, the woman’s legs went numb. She needed to sit. So, her husband crouched down on the floor and formed a human chair for his wife to sit on.
Joe’s Perspective: I pretty much gave my perspective above, but I’ll emphasize it here. In China, the follow up stories focused on the husband’s loving gesture for his wife. And, it was, but…what about the ignorance of the others in this story? Did no one teach them manners? For me, I don’t care where you come from, who your parents are or what God you pray to (or don’t pray to), you get your butt out of that seat and offer your chair to that pregnant woman. Period. If she says no, you ask again and then you demand that she take your seat. You say, “My mama taught me better than that,” or “I won’t be able to sleep tonight if you don’t take my seat, please, please, please. I’m begging you.”
Put up away your damn phone. Take your nose out of social media and be social. Care more about the people right in front of you than the “friend” commenting on your posts.
Your Turn: Do you feel as strongly about this as I do or am I over-reacting? Explain.