This article is not going to be pessimistic. I have done all my best to make it sound realistic. It is a true-to-life story. The one thing I would like to say beforehand is that there is a difference: some people pay attention to such situations, some don’t. However, it shows a lot. Maybe, at least, to me.
Last Tuesday Olga, 21, and Irana, 22, were using metro to get to the places of their destination. Girls had some coffee after college, chatted, had a bit of fun and were to go. “We were listening to music when a policeman stopped us”, says Olga. “We love Britney Spears so we were listening to her songs on my phone: Irana had one earphone, and I had the other one”, adds the girl. The policeman thought girls were so close to each other as they wanted to use one smart card. The man stopped the girls without saying, “I am sorry, could you please stop for a second?”. He checked both smart cards, saying, “I will believe you… Take”. He didn’t say “I am sorry for taking your time” or “I am sorry for accusing you of something you haven’t done”. The girls asked for excuses, the man either was silent or kept on being rude. The girls didn’t want to waste their time, they just wanted to hear the apologies – the thing that is normal for every person. “It turns out it’s easier to be rude than to be polite”, says Olga. The same day Helen, 21, was buying a smart card. The girl asked about the fee, and the rude woman responded, “It hasn’t changed! It has been for 6 months.” She it right, but the girl had forgotten, and she couldn’t find the fees anywhere. The woman might have been tired but it’s her work to sell things and to be polite and friendly. Friendly and polite. The normal response of an adequate person to this rudeness would be… rudeness… If a person is smart, he won’t argue. He will just smile, say, “thanks”, and go away. However, trying to cope with the system makes you ask for being polite in a kind way.
Rudeness or friendliness is a personal thing. However, it influences the future. Tiny little kids see how adults act, and pick it up. And they are the future. We are the future. It’s well-known old citizens love to scold the young generation for everything. Yet, there are guys who don’t want to go to college, don’t want to work, or do anything. They don’t read books and use swear words in every other sentence. They are not everybody. There are exceptions out of every rule. Always.
Have anyone ever thought of who should give an example to follow to this “bad young generation”? Who should show what’s good and what’s bad? Scolding and saying some things that won’t bring pleasure to hear is not a way out. It incites some problems. There is a major problem called “the Russian Federation vs. the Soviet Union” just because of this misunderstandings. And how is it possible to put History and Culture with rudeness and impoliteness together? It was not like yesterday the person was polite and friendly, and now the same person is rude. Just imagine – it’s ridiculous.
The thing everyone should do is to be polite and kind. Treat every person like he, himself, or she, herself, would like to be treated. Everyone knows it, but just a few people follow it. Just a few. And it’s hard to realize there will be a disaster in a few decades, even now there is a disaster.
Let’s do something about it, isn’t it the right time?!