I declined a job interview today because I was told “off the record” that the people I was supposed to meet with were going to be “Rude”. But I was assured that I wasn’t to worry or take it to heart because they are rude to everyone (all the time). I was most surprised by the nonchalant tone in which this information was given to me.
After my initial reaction (see below), I started thinking about all the new rules that make up our social construct, and how desensitized we are.
The more progress we make in our technological prowess, the less we seem to care about concepts like politeness and good manners.
Just like language is rapidly changing, and internet shorthand has taken over and is used more and more instead of English, so are social norms. Key board warriors and trolls who probably have no social skills are unleashing their venomous attitudes on unsuspecting people of the internet, which slowly is seeping into real life as well. News of someones rude behavior is not only accepted, its rewarded (moat times).
The ONLY way I will deal with rudeness is by shutting it the hell down as quickly as I can, and make no apologies for it. After all, bullies back off when you stand up to them.
As far as my today’s decision, I have no doubts that its the right one. Thanks but no thanks, you and your rudeness can go over there.