Years ago my wife told me that all people were either basically good or basically bad. In her explanation she gave the following examples: Good = saints and various kind people. Bad = jerks and killers. It’s an understatement to say that those are pretty broad categories. My kids and I have laughed at this pronouncement ever since but I’ve been married to Deborah for over 35 years now and I understand that to her it makes perfect sense. I suppose that if humans and pigs share 99% of the same DNA then it’s not unreasonable to believe that saints and kind people and jerks and killers belong in the same behavioral categories. I just hope Deb includes me in the “good” category.
Today I would like to focus on the jerks and killers.
Lately at work someone has been brewing very weak coffee. We have a ‘state of the art’ brewing system that a trained chimp could operate and yet EVERY morning I pour a cup of weak-ass coffee because some jerk can’t follow the simple instructions. Hey stupid – you might as well drink hot water! I’ve yet to discover who the jerk that can’t make coffee is. But I have my suspicions.
There is a traffic merge near my office where EVERY night some jerks feel the need to stop. YOU DON’T NEED TO STOP – IT’S A MERGE! All these jerks are doing is holding up traffic. This is a daily annoyance. For the love of God – read the sign. Keep the traffic moving! Of course my honking and yelling never seems to positively influence the offenders.
My next door neighbor’s lawn looks like a cross between a mole farm and a prairie grass preserve. Hey hillbilly – if you don’t want to take care of your lawn then don’t have one! Move to an apartment or condo development where they take care of that sort of thing for you. Look around jerk neighbor – you’re the only one whose lawn looks like a toxic waste dump.
At the gym I attend there are several jerks but the one that is most offensive is the crazy guy that jumps from machine to machine and then becomes noticeably irritated, muttering curse words under his breath, when someone else decides to use the equipment that he had planned on “jumping to” next. This guy might be slightly unstable (his appearance would tend to make you think so) but regardless he’s a jerk supreme.
So when do jerks cross the line and become killers? Do all jerks have the capacity for murder? And should I be concerned about the jerk at the gym “snapping” and killing me for using a piece of equipment that he planned on using next?
Unfortunately Debbie doesn’t have any answers for those questions. So rather than worry about being killed by some jerk. I’ve decided to work hard on not becoming a jerk myself and eventually a killer. I suppose the whole jerk/killer thing could be a slippery slope.
And now I’m wondering if I am considered a jerk by others? Someone might be writing about me at this precise moment.
I’m the jerk that bitches about the coffee EVERY morning. I’m the jerk that honks at drivers EVERY night. I’m the jerk that gives my neighbor the ‘cold shoulder’ because of his inferior lawn care ability. And I’m the jerk at the gym that jumps on a piece of equipment right before someone else was planning on using it.
Oh no! I may not be a good person after all. Don’t tell Debbie. But please help me before I kill someone! Your prayers will be appreciated.