When I was growing up back in the 60’s and 70’s people took pride in knowing they were reliable, took satisfaction in knowing other people knew that they could be depended upon, if you said you were going to do something, or told someone you would be somewhere at a certain time on a specific day…you did it, and you were there.
And if you were one of those who weren’t reliable everyone knew it. Everyone knew you were full o’ shit.
But I’d estimate that at least 90% of the people I knew were dependable, and had a very good reason when they weren’t.
It’s like in the last 50 years the world flip-flopped, and now 90% of the people I encounter, online and offline, are undependable. Take no pride in living up to their word, and place no value on wasting other people’s time.
Facebook Marketplace is a good example of this. Seriously people if you are going to go through the trouble of messaging someone, setting up a date and time to deliver or pickup, then DO IT. Of everything I am currently selling on Marketplace ( and Kijiji ), if those who said they were going to buy actually did buy then I would have nothing to sell. In fact I could have sold everything multiple times over.
I think it’s a sad reflection on today’s reality that pride in one’s word means so little to so many people. Pride in your word didn’t mean you needed to say ‘ I Promise ‘, if you said something, you did it, if you said you were going to be someplace, you were there, Period.