I recently penned a Letter to the Editor for our local Caledon Enterprise newspaper, entitled, "It's time to stop being polite to stupid people." It was in reaction to a series of other back and forth letters from pet owners and step-in-doggy-doo hikers complaining about dog rights and dog waste and it was all just so stupid. Come on, if you have a pet and it dumps in public, scoop it up and dispose of it in the appropriate container – this is NOT a discussion item!
I then began to reflect on all the other stupid people that bother me – the ones who litter, who leave their cars/vans/trucks idling outside of homes or stores or schools. the cell phone distracted drivers (also smoking, sipping coffee and putting on makeup or a combination of all as I once witnessed), the Stop sign cruisers, the school zone speeders, the ATV/snowmobile racers in residential neighbourhoods and parks, the snow shovellers who push their load into the street, and the triple space parkers with their big butt pick-ups.
Now, I know none of us are perfect. but let me give you an example. Outside our local convenience store one hot summer night, I encountered a person who diagonally parked his pickup truck across two special needs wheelchair parking spaces, and left the truck running. I went into the store and asked who had done this. A man belligerently answered, "Me, you got a problem?" I responded, "No, but I think the spaces are reserved for the PHYSICALLY challenged." His mouth dropped open, the store owner guffawed, and I left.
Once, after a series of environmental speaking engagements, Dr. Wiliam Fyfe took me aside at intermission and broke down. "Skid," he said, "I've been lecturing about environmental issues for 30 years and nothing is getting any better!" He proceeded to list off the decline in topsoil, fisheries, forests, productive farmland, aquifers, and so on and then grabbed me by the arm. "We smile and bow at all these international conferences and treaties while Japan and Norway and Iceland continue to kill off the great whales with impunity. It's time to stop being poilte to stupid people."
From the global oceans to our own backyards, it's time to stop being polite to stupid people. Period.
Skid Crease, Caledon