For your consideration…

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Real Life

A few weeks ago, around Christmas time, it seemed that inconsiderate became a theme, especially with my oldest nephew.  We kept going back to why certain actions were not considerate and trying to explain why you needed to be considerate of others.  It was interesting that this theme kept coming up and that it gave us a way to express that his actions weren’t just wrong but why.

Then, last week, I came upon an example of extremely inconsiderate behavior.  I attended my weekly poker game as usual, unaware that my friend had brought the plague with him. Strike one is that he even showed up.  Of course, when you’re playing poker, you’re dealing with poker chips and playing cards that are being passed around from person to person. As he’s separating the poker chips to divide them up for everyone, I call him out. “Dude, aren’t you going to use some purell or something before you touch all of the chips we have to handle too?” He’s like, “It’s okay. I’ve been using this paper towel to wipe my nose.” He proceeds to hold up as evidence this paper towel that was long past it’s lifespan. That’s not going to cut it, so then he thinks that wiping his hands on his jeans is sufficient. “Do you really think that wiping your hands on your jeans killed all of germs on your hands??”

I’ve met his mom, and although I’m not familiar with her hygiene, I’d have to guess that she raised him better than that. I seriously feel that it was just extremely inconsiderate. To put it another way, he didn’t take anyone else into consideration.  When you’re sick, you have two goals:

  1. Get better.
  2. Try to minimize the spread of your germs so that you don’t get others sick.

Here are at least 3 things that you can do to accomplish goal #2:

  1. STAY HOME! (Keep that shit to yourself.)
  2. Wash/Sanitize your hands frequently.
  3. Cover your mouth (or at least turn the other way or face the ground) whenever you sneeze and cough.

While #1 may not always be possible, if you don’t do your best with #2 and #3, then you’re an inconsiderate asshole.

How does that make you feel?

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