some of them are just jerks

Some things can’t be taught. Other things should be taught, but never are. One must seriously consider the mindset of those who so callously brush aside justice, fairness, and/or respect for others.

For one example, take the movie theatre. What would someone actually need to feel in order to conduct an entire phone conversation during the movie, with others sitting nearby giving exasperated sighs and frustrated glances? This seems far too common an occurrence; certainly no one is teaching these people that such an action is justified or correct. They simply fear no reprisal and must truly not care how they affect others.

Another example would be the ill-tempered, foul-eager soccer player. Sportsmanship is an admirable quality and should be encouraged in any game, but those who lack it are not subjected to any serious punishment at the casual level. If the player is not a professional with a multi-million dollar contract, he or she must not feel under the obligation to treat others equitably and respectfully. Those who put themselves in such positions speak to their upbringing far more adequately than could any background check.

Perhaps the best message is one for parents, that they should not consider their work complete if their children are going so haphazardly through life with concern to others. In the parents’ shortcomings, they’re making it ever more difficult for those who have such values to treat their careless children with respect.

Well, animals are a lot like people, Mrs. Simpson. Some of them act badly because they’ve had a hard life, or have been mistreated…but, like people, some of them are just jerks.

Zookeeper from The Simpsons

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