A series of events- which occurred in the lives of people who are very dear to me- has prompted me to think of why aggressiveness is considered a desirable characteristic!
Being loud, rude, nasty, uncouth, objectionable, callous, insensitive, crude….hey, way to go!
Really? In which world?
Being gentle, polite and humble, not showing off, being down to earth and unassuming are apparently not good or cool anymore! Such men and women are considered ‘weak!’
Really? In your world?
What sort of a world is it, where boisterous, uncouth heroes and heroines rule?
A home where the loudest voice drowns the rest? A recipe for disaster.
A neighbourhood where the uncouth decides the rules? Watch the degradation.
A nation where the brash gets away with anything? Formula for rotting away from within.
It takes character to say ‘No’ to the above. Raise your voice- against what is wrong. But if one raises the voice to subdue another by the shouting prowess of the vocal chords, that shows lack of culture.
Like it or not, we live amidst many creatures in human guises. Some are human in human guise; whether they appear so or not. Some are malignant creatures who give out bestial odours as they pass by- even if they are coated all over with Estée Lauder or Poison.
Among the latter: a few are animals, and can be observed likewise in proper surroundings. Some belong to insect regime- will creep and crawl and leave nasty remnants in the neighbourhood .The stench will outlast the dinner remains. You can add to the menagerie with your own observations.
To remain human and civilised, to have one’s self respect in tact is a tough challenge amongst all these variegated community. Now, how do you do that?
The Good Lord in his wisdom, gave protective gears to all creatures. The serpent’s bite, the scorpion’s sting, the jaws of a carnivore…When it came to humans as a species, I think he left us a few choices. Muscle power or brain power. Or both?
Revenge is a dish best served cold, attack is the best form of defence, a stitch in time saves nine, the one who laughs last, laughs best….so many proverbs! In my opinion, one should not underestimate the power of a well thought out retribution.
Post script: About the inspiration behind the article.
To one dear person, I suggested that he block the hell out of the perpetrator who was into texting diarrhoea. The texts of course, acutely infested with capitals and malice, both. He grinned at me.
To the second dear person, who was shouted at by an uncouth boor, when she requested him to stop littering her compound, I suggested that she call up the cops. She did.