Bores and boors, they’re everywhere
Sep 26 2013
Like the proverbial party pusher, who jostles you to get to the bar and then stands with his hands spread wide so no one can get past him. Seeing him juggling five drinks in two hands, I stop him and say, “What do badly behaved people and hyenas have in common?” He looks irritable, so I answer anyway. “Neither can take a joke”. No laugh, just as I predicted. Those who can’t laugh at themselves are in severe need of pranic healing. Their kundalinis are all blocked up.
Then there are people who take a walk in the park with you. Fellow walkers, who you might bump into and to make exercise bearable, you strike up a conversation. Most of the time, they walk into you. So I told one of them, “Lemurs tend to be lefties when it comes to grabbing their food”. “What?!”, he stopped in his tracks and began to walk straight now. I continued, “And do you know humpback whales bottom-feed on their right sides”. It got him so lost in thought he made it a point of keeping distance between us. So, I kept on, you know, talking. Things like, the subdermal layer of fat in a bowhead whale can be 50 cm thick...blabber I mean, I smiled. The other absolute no-no where behaviour is concerned is how you can be at a dinner and the person opposite you is eternally on his cellphone. Or you can be in a business meeting and the boss is constantly taking calls, muttering into his phone. The guy giving the sales pitch feels as important as a fly.
Insensitivity towards others is another trait badly behaved people have. They don’t smile at you, don’t wish you, don’t acknowledge you, don’t hear you and don’t care about you. If you met him in a supermarket and said smiling, “Hey I know you!” He would say, “Now you don’t”, and turn his back.
One worse than him is the nouveau riche brat. Drives his daddy’s new Audi into the mall right through a puddle, ignoring the water that is getting thrown up onto passerbys. Honks past red lights, so everyone can “look” at him. Throwing names is an obsession with these types. He is the darling of the designers because he doesn’t know what he is buying, but he is the last of the big time buyers. If you used the word principles near him, he might ask you if “It’s the new store in the mall?” These same brats used their parents like cricket bats to beat up their teachers in school. Meaning, if they did not get good grades, “somebody” would be punished! And it certainly wasn’t the child. Inability to take criticism and inability to correct oneself is the typical attitude of a badly behaved person.
But then again, I do believe if a parent or a friend or a sibling or a spouse could look through these types and give them a talking to, they could change. People are more good than bad, sometimes they just don’t know “bad” behaviour. Everyone gets a second chance to become a better person!
(The writer is a theatre director and novelist)