Ethics

December 14, 2006 at 6:34 am (Uncategorized)

I was waiting in line for lunch at the mess the other day. It was 1:00 p.m. I had a class at 1:30 p.m. and the line showed no signs of moving. Why, you might ask. Simply because some people believe that posession of a friend in the queue gives them something like a wild-card entry into the line. I was getting late for my class. I could stand this no longer! I walked up to the next guy who cut the line. Here’s how the convo with him went: “Please go and stand at the back of the queue.” “No.” “This just isn’t right. The line’s been stagnant for quite some time now because people have been cutting the line.” “No! I won’t go! I have a class at half past one.” “And I don’t?” “Okay. Maybe you have a class as well. But I’m not moving.” “Why?” “I don’t want to give you a reason.” “Look at me when I’m talking to you. Be civil and go to the back of the line.” “I’m not going to the back of the line.” So… here’s my question. What is to be done? I’m not the type that’ll get violent. I’m not the type that’ll swear, but I still believe that everyone has a right to justice. I wasn’t able to get this chap to budge. All I could do was go up to his table after he’d got his food, and tell him that if he can’t be a decent human being, he’s never going to get anywhere in life. I could see no effect of these words on him, though. Like I asked earlier, what IS to be done? Are people who have some moral standards to speak of doomed to live their lives behind wrong-doers? Sid.

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1 Comment

  1. The world within... said,

    hey, first of all well written.. U have put your point well.
    But I as always will have to disagree..my advice to u will be ..”when in Rome, do as the Romans do”

    U cant walk straight on a bent road. Try to give such people a taste of their own medicine.. dont try on me though..lol

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