The importance of being courteous

We’ve all been on the receiving end of a lack of courtesy, and I think we can all agree that it isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Discourtesy is a shitty personality trait, and it isn’t one anyone should strive to possess, if you ask me.

I’m reluctant to admit it, but I firmly believe courtesy is becoming a thing of the past. I’m not suggesting that courtesy has been entirely eradicated from society, because there are glimpses here and there, but it is becoming less and less apparent.

I believe COVID has influenced the diminishment of courtesy, but honestly, I think the decline was there prior to the pandemic occurring. I’m not exactly sure as to why this is, but it is a disheartening realization.

Failure to exhibit courtesy very much stems from selfishness, and because I believe this pandemic has also made us more selfish than ever, it makes sense that courtesy is also taking a shit-kicking. I’ve never noticed such a lack of regard for other people since COVID made its arrival, and I think it’s worth conversing about.

Courtesy is not difficult to show, and it is something that all of us should have a desire to demonstrate. It is an indication of respect and recognition, and it is something I believe we are all deserving of. So why has it become such a rarity?

If you’re running late, let the person who is waiting for you know. If you can’t make an appointment, call and let them know so someone else can take your appointment. If you see someone struggling to open a door, give them a hand. Courtesy doesn’t have to be a grand spectacle. It can be achieved in small and big ways, but most of the time, it can be given without requiring significant effort.

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