Manners, anyone?

People nowadays wouldn’t care about manners anymore as long as they get what they want and get ahead of everyone. What happened to us? I don’t know if they even got the chance to study GMRC (Good Manners and Right Conduct) at school. But I think at least at home, they should have known about it. Or has it become extinct in this generation of our country already? I hope not.

Let me share to you my experience that led me into writing this.

At exactly 7pm last Saturday, I arrived at the Metro Railway Transit Taft Avenue Station. Thinking that it’s the last station on the south end of the railway transit, I didn’t hurry that much to get down the escalator to the sidetrack. Humming to the tune of “I gotta feeling” of the Black Eyed Peas while bobbing my head side to side, I looked bottom end of the escalator and saw a bunch of people waiting for the train to arrive. “Oh well, there were already a lot of people waiting for the train who got here before me,” I thought.  Different kinds of people actually and the ones that really caught my attention was: A blond guy who’s almost in his mid-thirties busy texting on his mobile phone; A couple who I think might have forgotten that they are in a public place for they were trying to hide the fact that they are feeling each other’s bodies while chatting nonchalantly as if no one can see what they are doing. I really wanted to tell them, “Get a room!” for they are becoming a total eyesore but decided not to. There was also a group of middle aged ladies who silently sneaked in front of a younger group just so they can get in the train first.
Five minutes passed and the train still hasn’t arrived. A large wave of people started going down the stairs. The Taft Avenue Station is getting crowded with more people by the minute. The ones at the top of the stairs didn’t even have the chance to alight. It’s almost full. Good thing after another minute, the train arrived and it’s not a surprise that it is also packed with people. Everyone started inching their way to the edge of the platform though the ones already at the farthest edge would show some creases on their foreheads for they might fall in the train track.
At last, the train halted to a stop and slowly the doors started to open. The ones at the back tried to push their way through immediately but were stopped by the ones near the door. People alighting the train started shouting, “Pababain ninyo muna kami” (Let us alight the train first) for they were having a hard time pushing their way out of the train. I think it took almost 3minutes for the ones inside the train to go out. Someone at the back called out to the guy who’s almost an inch from entering the door but had a hard time doing so because people are still flocking out of the train, “Ano ba iyan? Lalake ka ba?” (What the heck? Are you really a guy?) Goodness. Can’t you see that he can’t get in because people are still going out of the train?
As soon as the train is emptied with people, everyone started pushing their way in really hard. There was even a LITTLE BOY who almost tripped because the ADULTS were pushing each other just to get in the train. Young guys even got a hold of a seat first before the women were able to sit down. But aside from these unsightly events, you could still see some manners taking its place as a middle aged woman tapped a young man at the back carrying a baby and offered her seat to them. The young man politely thanked the lady as he settled his brother down onto the seat, though he himself did not take a seat and decided to face his back to the others trying to protect his little brother from the overflow of people inside the train.
Train station after train station. You can really hear someone shouting angrily, “Paunahin niyo muna kaming bumaba!” (Let us get off the train first!) or “Iyong bata naiipit!” (The kid is being squished!). There was even a time wherein two lovely young ladies have to go down the train and I really can’t help but say “Goodluck!” to them. There are no exceptions, whether you’re young or old, either a girl or boy. It doesn’t matter to anyone. As long as one can get into the train, no one would care if someone gets hurt. I even have to squeeze my way out of the train just to get off at Ortigas Station. I tried to joke my way out as I got off the train by saying, “Wala pong makakapasok kung hindi ako makakalabas dito” (No one can get in unless I can get out of here). Which is true right? Think of your own coin bank as an example. If it’s already filled with coins and you will still try to fit one in, nothing will happen. You have to empty it first before you would be able to slip another coin in.
Yes, I understand that everyone is in a hurry. But what I don’t understand is that because our mind is clogged with thoughts of being first we sometimes forget that inadvertently we hurt other people in the process. This might be a fast paced world but once in a while we need to slow down a little bit. Don’t forget to check what’s happening around you. It might be getting too fast and that you won’t be able to catch up with it. Just think about it.


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