Mr Norton has highlighted three things that he would consign to his own personal Room 101. Good manners, or rather lack thereof, naturally makes it to his list and can also be found amongst the gripes of others who have been tagged and quite right too. The three I have chosen could be said to encompass common courtesy, but all I think share a similar thread.
Insularity and the death of community
Like it says on the top right...
Apathy and the death of personal responsibility/common sense
Take it to the tip yourself or call the council, before someone
comes along and sets fire to it...
There, then, is a microcosm of an epidemic that has swept the nation - the abdication of personal responsibility and an apathetic attitude to others (and even, I would venture to suggest, themselves - it would certainly help explain the appearance of some I see around here). How can these people not have even a twinge of conscience, of selfless thought to do what would often be the simplest action to make things better for everyone? It is left to the authorities and the likes of you and me to do what they will not, which in the long run can only compound the problem ("someone else'll do it"). It's a thorny issue with no quick fix but something needs to be done to rid these folks of their apathy. In the meantime I continue to shake my fists at them in frustration.
Swearing in front of children
Even I might utter the odd oath under my breath from time to time, but only when provoked and never in company. Swearing in public in general is a particular bugbear of mine and I have nothing but admiration for those people with the courage to speak up to the perpetrator. But one aspect that makes my already steaming blood boil is when people do it in the presence of children (e.g. on the bus, in shops etc.). And within that aspect is another...
As is often the way with rants, I seem to have ended up writing a mini essay - apologies! If you've made it this far, well done, and I hope you've nodded in agreement at least somewhere along the way. I won't pass this on, if you don't mind - I think I've spread enough doom and gloom with this as it is, things that Eclectic Ephemera was expressly set up to banish, but do feel free to add your own thoughts and pet hates here if you want. Let me end on a happy note by wishing you all a happy and frustration-free week!