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post #16 of 19
For some reason, this thread got me thinking about white lies. Alas, I'm too lazy to start a thread about it. I promise I'll think about it later. Lookin' good btw, all of you today.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
Is it unreasonable to expect someone to do something they say they'll do?

I'm not talking about elected politicians, but rather friends and acquaintances. I don't know if it's a product of modern society or if I'm just young and naive and people have always been this way, but I find all too often people will agree to something and just not follow through. They'll conveniently forget when I bring the topic up later. If you don't actually mean to do something, then don't say you will. If you've actually forgotten about it, that tells me you weren't serious to begin with, and you're making flippant promises, which to me is disrespectful. You won't lose my respect if you insert a "maybe" or "possibly" into your agreement, but you will if you agree to something and don't do it.

Whatever happened to courtesy, honor, and reputation? Do people not value these things anymore? The Sarcastic Generation (my own Gen Y) seems to be free of guilt and any sense of responsibility and respect when making promises. Their word is worth nothing. How can someone make flippant promises and not expect people to think ill of them? Am I expecting too much of people?

There's a word I'm trying to think of.....ironic, that's it!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Orange View Post
When a girl or a guy you just met (for a short time in a friendly fashion) tells you they'll call you I think a reasonable person would just take note of it but wouldn't waste time waiting for the call.

If your scenario is like this maybe you're just naive.

If his scenarioius is like this maybe those people are rude. How about that? God, what an egocentric world some people live in.
post #19 of 19
It sounds to me like the OP doesn't understand the difference between a polite equivocation and an actual promise.
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