EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Trent? What the fuck?
World Wide Wong
I hate people.
Case one: I am crossing the street. The dude sitting in his
car with his pretty little friends is just waiting in the
left-hand turn lane. He thinks it would be riotous if he
honks his horn to startle me as I walk past his vehicle.
I jump while they’re grinning and laughing.
Case two: I am walking along Elgin Road. A couple of guys in
their car are trying to make a left turn into the parking lot
while I’m crossing the road. Five seconds is just too
long of a wait for busy guys in their fast cars and as they
roared behind me, one guy shouted a derogatory remark at me.
What’s wrong with people? Must we get our jollies by
harassing others? In my book, this kind of behaviour is excusable
only under certain circumstances:
a) You are intoxicated.
b) You are mentally handicapped.
c) You are five years old.
I have a pretty good feeling these people were neither drunk
or in need of psychiatric care, nor were they in kindergarten.
But it’s evident they need some schooling.
Introduction to How to Not Treat People Like Shit 020. In
this course, proper respect towards your fellow citizens
is explored. Students will learn how to interact in ways
that demonstrate courtesy to others, while taking a closer
look at how to have fun without it being at the expense
of other people.
It’s funny how just one honk or one word can throw your
whole day off. You think, “This wouldn’t have happened
if I had a car to go buy groceries,” or “This wouldn’t
have happened if I were seven feet tall.”
And then you start contemplating what you could’ve done
so these people didn’t get the last laugh. “Why
didn’t I flip them off?”; “Why couldn’t
I confront them and tell them what they did wasn’t nice?” or “Why
don’t I know karate in case the aforementioned confrontation
got out of hand?”
You can think all you want, but at the end of the day, you’re
an easy harassment target. It’s completely unfair, but
that’s just how life works. You can only hope either
karma will rule or people will realize what a single gesture
can do to a person’s psyche.
That gesture might take one second, but it can reverberate
much longer than that. I might’ve had a bad day after
those incidents, but what happens to people who have already
been experiencing shitty days or weeks or even months? A simple
honk or obscene remark could gradually crumble someone into
so many pieces they never recover.