June 24 – Something You Want To See
aka. Post 24 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
It’s the year of the rule benders… or so I have decided. Decreed. Hung my head in frustration.
I’m starting to get a strong little tiny knot of pent up anger about these little things that brush up against my days more and more frequently. Everywhere I turn, or so it seems as of late, people are bending the rules. Not utterly scoff-lawing. Not even cheating, really. Just nudging things unfairly in their own favour. Not bothering to ask first. Finding loopholes for piss-poor behaviour. Tilting the scales with a stray pinky finger while eyes are cast elsewhere. Pushing limits. Overstepping agreements. Actively forgetting that with every right comes a responsibility, an ownership of this little society in which we live, and a duty to not be an asshole.
I know. Maybe it’s naive of me to be noticing this. Maybe it’s a little bit of raw innocence poking through the clouds of these rainy first days of this brave new world in which we live.
But then maybe not.
I mean, I get cheaters and I get people who completely ignore the law. I understand that. I don’t condone it, but it makes sense. There are people who just suck and don’t care and will take whatever they want. Those people exist. They are broken or angry or deliberately stepping aside of the social contract. It’s the tail end of a bell curve of behaviour, and it’s so clear you could chart it so.
But then there are people who should know better. Have known better. At one time wouldn’t have pushed boundaries like they seem to be doing. They are smack in the middle of that same bell curve, but the curve’s peak seems to have shifted a little. And the rules get smudged somewhere in there because it’s more convenient, or no one is watching, or… or, I don’t even know.
No one is watching, it seems. No one is there to call them out on it. No one shakes their finger and says “tsk-tsk.” No one gets in trouble. No one answers for their stupid. They bend the rules, ignore responsibility, and are rewarded with a slightly bigger slice of pie.
And the movie goes on, and nobody in the audience has any idea.