Sunday, July 13, 2008

Inculcating Discipline

When standing in queue for bus I often get annoyed by the people who don’t follow rules and just barge in to get inside the bus. Are we fools standing in queue for long? Are they the kings who just make their own rule and make their way into the bus without standing in line waiting for their turn?

I hate, when discipline, that is set, is broken. It really gets to the nerves when people don’t follow the rules.

Last Friday an event surprised me even more. We all were standing in queue at the bus stop. A woman arrived with her kid who was not more than 5 years old. She gave one glance at the queue and made up her mind not to stand in the queue. She whispered to her kid that when the bus arrives just sneak in from between, get in the bus and make a seat for her too.

I pitied her, for the fact that, this is how discipline is inculcated. When no importance is given to rules and when mother herself asks her kid to break the rule the society would be no better. Mind you I m not blaming the whole society but just one part of it.

Btw due to the rain it seems my internet connection is down. Weekends have been boring when there is no gmail and orkuting around. So after may be one and half years or so I m surfing from the cyber café. The sticky keyboard, small monitor, tiny cubicle, ha ha ha, back again.

Quote:
Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly - P. J. O'Rourke.

19 comments:

VioletSky said...

I've always been a fan of the queue. Wish we had more of it here. Mostly it is just a bunching and then a scramble of pushing. The worst is when people are determined to get on the bus blocking the other people getting off.

the walking man said...

And when the lad in the example grows to have a sense of entitlement regardless of the established cultural norm will he be praised for being a shark or scorned?

I doubt he will be scorned.

parth said...

in one way, you are right that we should keep it in mind.But when you see others breaking the rule and even when you oppose him/her,nothing happens and he is got the thing done.

what happened to me last year when i was in a queue for my driving license. One army man came from the other side and directly goes inside.No one one opposing him as he is in army.But i dare to oppose and afterwards all people with me.But at the end,he told that i am from army and came here on 1 hour leave for license.Then what?people allowed him.I told him that you can nicely ask if you have such problem.Of course no one will oppose for valid reason.

So, i am not totally in you favor sandy.:) i think sometimes..some rules are just there to harass you...may be i am wrong but think this...
As we always say.."Rules are to be broken!" is not always true not always false :).
:)

noisysmile said...
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noisysmile said...

I totally don't like pushy aggressive people. The fact that you witnessed someone teaching their child to break rules is absolutely crazy. I know it exists, but I am still always shocked by it. Pushy aggressive people must learn it from somewhere though. I've actually had a person yank open my car door and yell obscenities in my face while I was parked outside a school! I about had a heart attack. He didn't want to wait on me for a few minutes. Just keep your eye out. People who are pushy and break rules are obviously not thinking rationally.

Sornie said...

People who can't abide by either the rules or common courtesy have no place in society. It sounds harsh but if people don't respect t hose around them, the situation quickly devolves.

whimsical brainpan said...

Not only am I a fan of the queue, but I tend to bust those who break into it. It seems like no one has respect for the rules or each other anymore.

I'm sorry to hear about your connection. I hope it gets better soon.

I love the P.J. O'Rourke quote!

Little Lamb said...

There are always those who allow those people in front of them.

boneman said...

bargers are always a pain in the face.
Well, if they were a pain in the butt, they didn't barge in front of us, and that's slightly better.

Did the gig, guy.
Had a glitch, though. I've no scanner and thought I could take photos of my photos, but, they were all blurry.
So, the pix presented are all from the past ten years.

Thanx! It was fun doing this one.
Really I don't usually like those memes, but, sometimes if I can be artistic, then it's more fun!

boneman said...

and, did a second one (to help Lil Lamb) which was a lot of work.
But, what the hey, everybody enjoyed it.

boneman said...

It's not easy moving to a new blog, but, that's what I'm doing.
The 'Grabbing the Bull' blog is going to be a political thing until November, and then I'm shutting it down.

It's hard to do because i have to move all the addresses to the new blog one at a time, so, here's the deal.

If you don't agree with the political stand I'm making and don't want your name attached to it, c'mon by and tell me and I'll give it priority treatment.
(if you don't mind being there, or even want to contribute, tell me that, too, and I'll leave it for the duration.

In any case, the new address is at the top of the sidebar.

whimsical brainpan said...

You are missed.

noisysmile said...

Yes, you are definitely missed.

Papillon said...

The bus (and almost every other kind of) queue is an absolute institution here in Vancouver. Even if no one said anything to them (and someone always says something), queue jumpers get a lot of hostile looks. And using a kid to do the cheating... in very poor taste.

BTW, I love the PJ O'Rourke quote too! He's generally quite a funny guy.

Robin said...

Just wondering where you are....

Enemy of the Republic said...

Hope things are getting better for you. I haven't forgotten your meme! I am still digging up the cool photos!

Sandy said...

@violetsky - yes it really irks.

@the walking man - yes no doubt.

@parth - i doubt that.

@noisysmile - and these people set bad example for others.

@sornie - i agree with you.

@whim - yeah me hope too.

@boneman - you have an amazing sense of humor.

@little lamb - i think i missed lambie. pardon.

@papillon - the main problem then is if some people who break rules and get away with it, it brings a feeling to other sincere guys who ollow the queue about doing the same.

@enemy of the republic - i would be waiting.

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