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Before I start I have some good news and bad news for you.
The good news is there’s not going to be any more blog posts from me till Monday.
“Hurrah” I hear you cry.
The bad news is that the reason for this is it’s a National Holiday so I’m basically going to go on my 5th holiday of 2013.
Yes, I know retirees work more than me, but it’s not my fault, I’m only being a good Chinese citizen.
Now I’ve got that out the way, let’s get on with annoying you even more with another post of pointlessness.
Now I appreciate what I’m about to write is hypocritical with a capital ‘H’, but I must admit I’m getting fed up of reading articles that appear to serve no purpose other than to ‘provoke for the sake of provocation’.
Yes, I know with so much media, people have to fill it with something and I understand they can’t get away with writing the indulgent, pointless bollocks that goes on here … but seriously, you can hear the sounds of the barrel being scraped with some of the stuff being published these days.
Case in point, an article in the Sydney Morning Herald deriding the use of sign offs in emails and letters.
No, not your ‘company information’, I mean things like:
All the best.
Yes, THOSE sign offs.
The things that are a sign of politeness … respect … care.
The things that – in a small way – help keep us human rather than become beasts.
As one commentator stated, we don’t hang up the phone without saying “goodbye” and we don’t walk away from a face-to-face conversations without expressing a similar sentiment … so why written correspondence should suddenly become exempt from these common courtesies is ridiculous, especially when we live in a World where there is already way too little of it.
I wonder if the author of the article really thinks this way?
Given they’ve managed to write an article of 1125 words, maybe they do.
And if that’s the case, I feel sorry for them because they won’t ever know what friendship really is … because while at the end of the day, what you do is more important than what you say, you don’t get respect if you don’t show it to others.
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