This post is applicable to much more than simple LEO related stuff. Let’s hearken back to a simpler time, shall we?
Remember the days, no so very long ago, when you would be sitting in traffic and there was another driver waiting to merge in front of you? Remember when you’d slow and wave for them to enter? Remember the fondness you felt when they, having seen your polite invitation to enter, would raise a hand in thanks, maybe even smile? Ah….
What the fuck happened to those people? Where have they all gone? How many times do I have to let people change lanes in front of me, merge, or straight cut me off before I get some damn acknowledgment of the benevolence of my actions? And by me, I mean all of us who do that sort of thing. I’m acting as your agent here, folks!
Let me take a second and rant on you ungrateful pricks that are too busy talking on your goddamn cellphones or texting or reading or just generally have your heads in your ass. Listen, asshole, there’s no requirement for me to let you in. The burden is on you to merge, change lanes, or yield until it’s safe to do so. If that means you have to wait 30 minutes, tough shit. Bring a book.
So, when I or others of my ilk, raise a friendly hand and say, “Come on in/over, my fellow traveler” how about you raise whichever hand is currently scratching your balls or picking your nose and say a hearty “Well played and thank you, good sir” in response? Would it fucking kill you to return some civility?
With all the current economic, societal, and political bullshit swirling about this rock revolving about the burning star, don’t you think you just might positively impact someone’s life with a simple hand gesture? One that involves more than one finger, by the way. Don’t you watch TV? Haven’t you seen those sappy commercials where the nice lady witnesses an act of kindness and turns around and does the same only to be seen by someone else who does the same…and so on and so on? As I’ve often stated, TV is right. Watch it! Except those jackals in the media…they frequently get it wrong.