Are you tired of dropping rocks in the well and never hearing a splash?
Are you flat-out shocked by the number of people -- many of them holding prominent corporate positions, representing public institutions, religious organizations or employed in service-oriented endeavours -- who ignore emails, and telephone messages.
Let's call this version of the "no splash" phenomenon "The Decline of Common Courtesy." In this age of instant communication, it must be asked:
How hard is it to reply to an email or phone call?
How hard is it to write a response as simple as: "I received your inquiry. I do not wish to be interviewed." Or, "I got your message. I don't want to be bothered." Or, "Thanks, but no thanks." Or whatever!
And if no other courtesy, at least a polite "No, thank you."
Technology seems to have added more layers of distance and impersonalization even though we're supposedly more connected. Are we seeing courtesy and conversation fall victim to technology? Is technology the GOD that failed?
Emails and phone messages at least deserve a response, even if the answer is not what the sender or caller would like it to be.
"Thanks very much for getting back to me," I replied to someone who did answer my email recently, adding: "You'd be surprised how often people don't take the time to respond."
"Communication is important to me," the person responded, "and the fact that you were thoughtful enough to write will always get a response from me."
If we sit down at set of sun,
And count the things that we have done,
And counting find
One self-denying act, one word
That eased the heart of the one who heard;
One smile most kind,
That fell like sunshine where it went,
Then we may count that day well spent.
But if, through all the life-long day,
We've eased no heart by yea or nay;
If through it all
We've done nothing that we can trace,
That brought the sunshine to a face;
No act most small,
That helped some soul, and nothing cost,
Then count that day as worse than lost.
Shamal: So how was your day?