Because you are biologically older than me, it doesn’t mean I need to bow….

I get to see (and deal with) a lot of (different) people everyday – some I like to interact with and some don’t.

I saw this ‘individual’ (he does not qualify to be classified as ‘acquaintance’ or ‘associate’ or ‘friend’) this afternoon at the cafe where I do not usually go but only occasionally choose because it is located within the reasonable proximity (i.e. in the same building).

My initial reaction was about to ‘simply look + ignore + walk away’ but considering my social status (e.g. a church minister’s son-in-law hence other cultural complications) it was inevitable for me to choose this ‘simply look + bow + walk away’. So in nutshell, did I bow? Technically I did. Have I lost my mind?

I use a lot of tools (e.g. dinning at a fine restaurant for fine food and wine) or gestures to show my respect to the one who has an admirable quality (in terms of social, educational, financial, etc) – one of them is an act of ‘bow’. In fact, the degree of my respect has a positive linear relationship with the degree of my bow. For example, if I have an upmost respect for this person A, then the degree of my bow becomes 90 degrees. In contrast, if I have a least respect for this person B, then the degree of my bow would be shallow.

In nutshell, this person’s presence did not bother me at all. In fact, my intention was to avoid him purposefully and deliberately. Why? Because I have neither time nor inclination to waste any moment of my precious time due to conducting unnecessary interaction with this ‘individual’ who has no value to me hence he means nothing to me.

Am I arrogant? Perhaps some may hold this view and I don’t give a toss about their view. My life is short hence it is up to me to make most of my life. I am just being simple + rational + pragmatic + realistic. Some may have an ability to conveniently translate these terms into one – ‘arrogant’. Anyway, I don’t care.

About Brendon Cho

조후혁의 개인 블로그입니다. 1994년 18살때 호주로 부모님과 함께 이민을 왔고 2002년 통계학과를 졸업 한후 통신 회사 Exetel에 2004년 사원으로 입사, 2009년 최고재무관리자 (CFO)로 임명 그리고 2010년 MGSM에서 MBA를 수료 했고 지금 내부 감사장 (Head of Veracity)로 일하고 있습니다. 현재 3명의 자녀를 둔 아빠이고 시드니에서 살고 있으며, 클래식 음악과 글쓰기를 좋아합니다.
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