Let me explain, imagine you are inside an elevator quietly waiting for your stop. In comes two adults and a child who begin a loud, boisterous conversation unmindful of the impact of such loud discussions to others in the confined space.
Another example, a passenger in bus begins a conversation with another person on his (her) mobile phone. This passenger is talking very loud as if the person at the end of the line is having a hard time hearing him (her). All the while people around the passengers are starting to look at the noisy person.
Why can’t people be mindful of the persons around them. In Japan, you will find signs on trains and on buses that ask people not to use their mobile phones. To respect the rights of others. People still communicate using their mobile but most of the conversation is via SMS. If the Japanese people can do it why can’t others.
Sometime ago, a man was talking very loudly on his cell phone while riding a bus. To his surprise someone behind tap him on the shoulder. The noisy man, later dubbed “bus uncle”, was infuriated and demanded that the guy who tapped him on the shoulder to apologize for his action. Who is right in this instance?
What do you think? If this were in the US, would bus uncle be able to do this? In Japan? I will leave you with the observations of another traveler to Japan so you know its just not me.
I’ve always thought that tolerance is a virtue but sometimes I wonder why others don’t seem to care.