Today I had the following conversation with a stranger on the street:

“There’s a fire hydrant there.”

“Yes, I’m aware of that, thank you.”

“Um… You’re parked illegally.”

“Yes, thank you.”

And this is why I have no faith in humanity.

This man decided that his convenience in getting a spot in front of his dry-cleaner was more important than the fire department being able to access water to help save lives and property in the case of an emergency. He thought his time was too precious to waste looking for a legal spot further away. I suppose he thought that the few minutes it would take him to do this errand shouldn’t require a long walk from a legal parking spot in the cold.

And this is where he loses me.

People who park illegally, people who create their own parking spots, people who don’t stand up and offer their seat when someone who is elderly or pregnant gets on a full bus, people who declare openly that their time and convenience is more important than anyone else’s.

I don’t understand. Doesn’t every major religion have a tenet that says something about treating others the way you’d want to be treated yourself? Doesn’t anyone ever think about the people – real human beings just like them – that are being affected by their every action. Don’t these same people complain when they see someone blocking their way because they too were more considered about themselves than anyone else?

Why did I learn common courtesy when so many other people in the city seem to have skipped that lesson?

Or maybe I’m the stupid one for not taking advantage for myself.

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