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What The HELL Happened to Responsibility?


Posted by Non-Hamster on February 15th, 2011

I suppose this will date me but I don't care.  I remember a time when a person's word was important.  When you said you were going to do something there was *NO* fast and easy acceptable reason to not do it.  In fact failure to do what you said you were going to do, breaking your word, was unthinkable.  And while it did occasionally happen that somebody would not be able to keep such a promise, that person would go to the person they gave their word to, the person that they had told they would do this or that thing and tell them to their face that they would not be able to do so.

This would be accompanied by profuse apologies and a TRUTHFUL explanation of why.  That explanation would be something real. It would NOT be "oh, I forgot", "oops", "I was busy reading 3d tv reviews so I could get that fancy new tv the husband/wife/uncle/whomever wants", or any of a seemingly endless number of ways that people today find entirely too easy to cop out of something that they said they would do.

These days however, most people don't have the first clue about what it means to give their word.  They don't understand that it does not require a contract or saying words like "I Promise".  They don't understand that simply saying that they would do something is, in itself, a promise that they'll do it.

In my life I have run into this crap more than I want to think about and these days it happens more than ever before and I don't even want to think about how bad it's liable to be in ten or fifteen years.

I've had entirely too many times when somebody would tell me they were going to do something and then not do it.  Not only that but I don't even get so much as a hello, goodbye, Fuck you, or go to hell to tell me that they are not going to do what they said.  As for reasons, I never get reasons unless they're the most lame ass bullshit excuses imaginable that nobody with even two functioning brain cells would believe anyway.

Right now I have no less than THREE PEOPLE doing this shit to me this right this minute. I'll never say who they are or what they said they would do and then didn't do . . .

But DAMN it to HELL this shit royally pisses me off!

Word was given, promises made, and then my hopes were built and plans were made based on those promises.  What happens?  The same thing that ALWAYS happens to me!  I get left hanging in the breeze YET AGAIN when those who said they would do something act like they never said it and my hopes and plans get shit on once again.

I can almost hear them justifying to themselves when they don't do what they said:

"That's ok, it's only something Ed needs or wants and nobody gives a flying Fuck about that."

Or

"Who cares?  It's not important, it's just some shit I said to Ed to get him to shut the fuck up about that stupid ass whatever he needed."

Or any number of variations on the same theme.

Well, I'll tell you what assholes,

One of these days you're going to need something from me.  You're gong to be up against it really badly and you're gonna be begging me to help you out.

You had better pray really hard that I don't decide to remind you of one or more of those times when you fucked me over and bashed my hopes and plans and dreams into shit.

Because when I do that, I will also tell you to go fuck yourself.  FOREVER!

In closing let me remind you that I said I would not reveal who I am talking about or what they said that they would do.  I will also point out that if you think I am talking about you, I probably am.  Let your conscience be your guide.

Thanks for nothing bitches!

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2 Comments

  1. Kat on 15.02.2011 at 23:46 (Reply)


    WoW.
    This post, exactly this post, is pretty much the story of my life right now.

    I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT when people give their word and then do not keep their word, they fail to honor their own worth.
    You are only as valuable and as honorable as your word.
    If you can’t keep your word, then how much do you value your own self at?

    Do you understand what I mean?
    I really hope that you do, and I get the feeling that you do because this post is EXACTLY how I feel about this stuff.

    1. Non-Hamster on 16.02.2011 at 00:13 (Reply)


      Oh I understand it alright!  With a few exceptions this has been largely my life story as well.  Recent events were just one time to many so I figured rather and let it eat ME alive I’d write this and let people wonder.

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