7 Reasons You Should Be More Considerate of Others ...

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Ok, I know a post on reasons you should be more considerate of others sounds horribly sanctimonious and, in all honesty, quite boring. In fact, I’m lucky you’ve even got this far; but don’t give up on me yet! The reason I wanted to write this now is because it’s Christmas, a time of year where we’re meant to be generous, charitable and hopeful. Of course, most of us aren’t – we get caught up in family dramas, festive outings and wanting, wanting, wanting. I think we shove other people out of the way to get at what we want even more than usual; the best Christmas lights, the last discounted ham and the coat that you absolutely must have and there’s only one left in your size so everyone else needs to MOVE. If you aren’t like this, then I admire you – but I think most of us are, whether we want to admit it or not. So, because it’s Christmas, here are the reasons you should be more considerate of others (and I’ll try and spare you the sanctimony).

1. ‘Those Less Fortunate’

In a post filled with reasons you should be more considerate of others, I wanted to include this as my first point because, since living in London, I notice ‘those less fortunate’ every day. At school, I was told to think of those ‘less fortunate than myself’ every Christmas. I didn’t understand what that meant – not really. I don’t know what it’s like to spend Christmas night outside, with nowhere to go and a New Year’s Eve with no hope for what’s ahead. I walk past an elderly homeless man every day and I hate it but I don’t know how I can do anything about it. I think the first step would be ALL of us acknowledging the problem; I watch people like me, people with jobs and Christmas presents and warm homes, walk past him without even seeing him. Their eyes slide over him like they would a boarded-up doorway in a row full of open shops. Few people feel powerful enough to do something about it on their own, so we pretend it isn’t happening. They stop existing to us, at least in any form we can relate to.

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