In a scathing column in The Huffington Post this week, Greg Savage asks “How Did it Get to Be ‘OK’ for People to be Late for Everything?”
It’s a tough column for anyone who’s been late to a meeting once or thrice. Most of us have done it. I know I’ve had times when I feel just like Alice in Wonderland‘s white rabbit, yelling: “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!”
But does that make it OK to be habitually late – to even plan on being late?
Savage’s answer is an emphatic NO!
“And it is not that we lead ‘busy lives’. That’s a given, we all do, and it’s a cop out to use that as an excuse. It’s simply that some people no longer even pretend that they think your time is as important as theirs. And technology makes it worse. It seems texting or emailing that you are late somehow means you are no longer late.
You are rude. And inconsiderate.”
Ouch or apt? You decide.
Or as Beliefnet ‘Everyday Ethics’ blogger Joan Ball wrote in a 2009 column: “Fashionably late is hopelessly out of date.”