I saw something about a week ago, while I was driving around, that I just have to share.
Two women were riding together in a car that pulled up next to me at a red light. In the passenger seat was a woman who appeared to be texting or tweeting. Driving the car was a young lady who stared straight ahead while sitting at the light, iPod ear buds in her ears, listening to music. There was no communication or interaction whatsoever.
First of all, let me address the “earphones while driving” epidemic. It’s illegal. So if you’re one of the people who does it, please stop. Right now.
While there was no way for me to know what the relationship was between the two women in the car, I’m guessing the two were friends or family, because they were riding around in non-business clothes during business hours on a weekday. The sad thing about it was how it didn’t even really stand out as all that shocking to see.
We just like to ignore each other these days.
I saw another person completely ignore a cashier Monday afternoon at Publix. She just carried out her cell phone conversation, ear buds in both ears, while the cashier silently checked her out. Again, if you’ve never worked as a cashier, having to serve a distracted person on a cell phone really sucks. So don’t do it.
Over the weekend, you probably heard about the tragedy in Kansas City, where Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide at the team’s facility. After their victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn was asked about his thoughts on the tragic situation, and he gave an incredibly poignant answer.
I guess this is just the direction the world is headed. We’re all guilty of it, to differing degrees. The question is — how can it be reversed?