Cheering doesn’t bench courtesy in stands

Jessica MacIntosh - Editor-in-Chief

Jessica MacIntosh – Editor-in-Chief

If you live in a world where you are constantly in close quarters with other people, you start to see something of a different nature erupt.

Though it may be one of my biggest pet peeves, it happens in the everyday life of the wonderful world that is Earth. Everybody is a victim of it – inconsiderate and disrespectful people. It gets people on edge when people do not realize what they are doing that is so inconsiderate and disrespectful. You think you can tolerate it at first, but then it just becomes bottled up inside until you want to scream or say something out of the ordinary. Whether it is the smallest of small or the biggest of big, if you do something that affects the whole, then there is something terribly wrong.

For instance, I have been to plenty of sporting events where there is constant standing up and sitting down. If there is a great play on the field, it is fine to stand up and cheer, but once the hoopla is over, it would be respectful and considerate to sit down. Standing up constantly affects those around who cannot see the action on the field.

The other part of that is being inconsiderate and disrespectful toward the players on the field. Yelling obscene words is not going to work; it is certainly not going to get what you want. That, affects, again, the spectators. Considering plenty of events involve inviting families, using profanity around young children is not the way to be. Keep your language to yourself. It’s called sportsmanship. If you abuse it, you shouldn’t be at the game.

Though you may find inconsiderate and disrespectful people at sporting events, you can find them everywhere else. From Spiva Library to the residence halls, from the grocery store to the mall, they can be found.

Some things they do might be considered minor in comparison to everything else, but when it comes down to it, if the toilet paper is gone, it is not that hard to replenish it. It takes two seconds. After a shower, the towel does not belong on the floor. That also goes for the dirty clothes, too. Why can’t the simplest of tasks be done? Take the time to hang something up, clean up your messes and be considerate of who is around you.

Noise is another factor. Quiet hours mean quiet hours. Students on this campus are trying to study and make their way to the graduation stage.

Two words: be considerate and respectful. If someone wants peace and quiet, give him or her that peace and quiet.

I don’t know how many times I will say it, but respect and being considerate can go a long way. As hard as it may sound in this hectic world, that can lead to bigger and better things.