Nov 19, 2011

A Time and Place for Everything...

The writer of Ecclesiastes once wrote, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."

Not only is there a proper time and season for everything, but there is a proper place for everything.

More and more these days, I am surprised at the lack of sensitivity and social awareness of some people. More and more people are losing the ability to differentiate between things that are appropriate for private spaces and things that are appropriate for public spaces.

We have all had our uncomfortable run ins with people who enthusiastically display way too much PDA, and situations where a person in a confined space (a bus, subway, train, plane) is talking way too loud and for way too long on their cell phones.

Last night I was hanging out at a Starbucks reading and writing. And in comes a guy with his guitar and his music book and he begins practicing his acoustic guitar in Starbucks.

Hello?!!!

There are people trying to carry on a conversation, people trying to read, people trying to work. 

And the guy is practicing his guitar!!!

Unbelievable!

What happened to common courtesy?

What ever happened to common sense?

2 comments:

Lee Wyatt said...

The line between public and private is about gone and our sense of entitlement to say whatever we want to whoever we want whenever we want has grown too large.

James Kim said...

I think you're right Lee. America keeps pushing the boundary of "me"-ism while ignoring and losing a sense of community and mutual responsibility to others.