ME! ME! ME!
I am sick and tired of today's culture of unbridled selfishness.
The most recent example of this comes out of the US, where one guy with a drug resistant form of TB got on a plane, flew to Europe and enjoyed his wedding and honeymoon and thereby needlessly exposing countless people he met to the disease he is carrying. And it is no ordinary form of TB. Because it is drug resistant, there are few forms of treatment, with a cure rate of something like 30 percent.
The guy who did this is a lawyer and claims that the hospital advised him that it was not prudent to fly, but never actually forbade him from flying, so he carried on with his plans. However, once he got to Europe he was given the official diagnosis and realized that it would be impossible to fly back into the US, so he instead flew to Canada and drove over the border to avoid getting caught. What makes it even worse is that this assmonkey's father works for the Centers for Disease Control. Could it be more ironic?
Who does that kind of thing? Who knowingly exposes other people to a disease that could possibly kill them just to avoid derailing their own vacation plans? What if I had been sitting next to him on that plane seven months pregnant and then not only my own life but the life of my unborn child would be in danger. What if I was immune deficient? That kind of infection could kill someone with AIDS or Lupus.
But it's not just the US that suffers from this kind of ME! ME! ME! sickness. I see it every day here in India, and it has spread its ugly tentacles everywhere. This sickness ranges from the annoying, like the constant public urination I see here in Bangalore to the outright disgusting and unimaginable. Men in rural Africa rape young children because they believe that having sex with a virgin will cure them of AIDS. Who in the name of fuck-all could rape a 4 year old (or anyone for that matter) and live with themselves afterward?
But like I said, it is not just the heinous acts that get to me. It is the daily accumulation of smaller things. The smaller indecencies. The feeling that people have that their own personal rights and freedoms are so much more important than the person sitting right next to them.
I once was flying to China from the US on a Japanese airline with a stopover in Tokyo, so there were mostly Japanese on the flight. At one point I look up and see a man in his 60's looking at what amounted to child porn. Unfortunately in Japan, they are much more tolerant about having younger looking girls in their mags (14ish). Anyway, this guy was not even discreet about it. He was holding the magazine up and turning it at different angles to examine this young girls barely developed parts. I went MENTAL. I called over the stewardess and told her that I was personally offended, but also that there were a lot of kids on the plane and could she please tell him to put his shit away. Well, she replied, she really could not. Why? Well, Japan has a "politeness" culture, and the rules of engagement prohibited her from admonishing her elders.
Screw that, I thought, and went over and admonished him myself. He spoke no English but the woman with him spoke Mandarin Chinese (as do I) so I went off. He again refused to put the magazine down, so I grabbed it from him and stormed off. He looked outraged. He really believed his right to look at child porn was greater than the discomfort of the people in the surrounding 4 rows on the airplane.
How did we get this way? Why do people think that if it falls within their legal right to do something, then they can just carry on as if they are the only person in the world. And even if it is not in their legal right, who cares? ME! ME! ME!
ME! ME! ME!
- » Published on June 01, 2007
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