It's a simple damn thing, right? I am continually finding that people are becoming increasingly less courteous. Could be just me, but I don't quite think so... I believe it's the lack of physical interpersonal communication that is causing this lack of courtesy that I am seeing. We communicate in such an electronic way now, with texting, twitter, and Facebook that we've forgotten the power of "thank you" and of a simple smile.
Ok, let me give you a bit of background. I don't get out much on campus, but when I do it's always an interesting experience. As I was walking through the campus center, no one made eye contact with me whatsoever. People's heads were down, headphones were in, or they were texting and walking. I always try to smile at strangers. This is something that always yields interesting results. Probably two out of three people smile back, which makes me happy. Anyway, I get to the library, and I hold the door open for some girl in tights and Uggs, and she didn't say anything. She didn't even seem to notice that I was there, allowing her to pass through the door without any effort on her part. Now, does that seem like the right thing to do? Nope.
Overall, people need to unplug. Let's get outside. There's a HUGE pile of leaves on the corner near my house, let's go and jump in there! Let's go watch the sunset before it gets too cold to walk out there. Let's grab a soccer ball and kick around in the park.
Talk to a stranger and try to make their day... Smile at someone new. Make a loud joke and see who laughs. Just, put yourself out there!
We are all passengers on this, our spaceship Earth. Let's make it an enjoyable ride, because we only get one shot.
Much <3 to all.