Said this here once and I was char siewed roasted by others. I get that most Singaporeans have that “mind your own business” mindset and you’d survive but is it that difficult to at the very least be kind and empathetic.
Like today on the MRT, in a short train ride from Pioneer to Tanah Merah, I witnessed an auntie telling a little boy to get up from the seat cause she wants to sit. Didn’t ask nicely, didn’t say thanks. And on another reserved seat, man was playing his game from Pioneer to Queenstown. The minute a pregnant lady came in he turned off his game and immediately pretended to sleep. Again, “He also paid for his seat blablabla” argument would come into play. Or that one guy with their dirty ass shoes who chose to sit cross legged when it’s already so cramped up to begin with.
I myself have encountered cranky aunties and extremely rude customers on the job. Complaining at the littlest of things, demanding but redditors here said ,”oh they had a bad day, just move on with your life”
What if the person you yelled at, is having just as bad a day as you? What if that guy just received news that his grandma recently passed and that’s why he isn’t aware of his surroundings cause he is in deep thoughts. Or someone just got fired from their job and is now thinking of the multitude of bills to pay and family to feed. The waitress you yelled has worked 14 hours straight because she needs to earn extra cash to pay her medicines. Yes we do have bad days, but why do some choose to take it out on others? Is it cause they look “weak” as what some redditors here says?
We don’t have to go around hugging people and kissing their lips but life would be a whole lot better if we’re kind to other and be mindful of our words, don’t you think so? Or is that a utopian mentality that we can never achieve?