Don’t Point – It’s rude!


Recently I watched a Youtube clip of a TV pannel show on an Arab TV station, and I was shocked when the person who was supposed to represent the religious establishment started pointing his finger at the person he was debating with!

Whilst I understand that some simple gestures and non-verbal actions can mean different things in other countries/societies (or even offensive and insulting), I always grew up being told-off when I pointed my finger at someone, and rightfully so! It’s rude and bad manners!

First of all it’s authoritative and aggressive, and there is never an excuse to be aggressive or rude in a conversation – yes, even if you dont agree with the other person!

So, next time you ant to point your finger at someone, stop and think for a second, and ask your self ‘how low do I want to look?’ because frankly, when people start pointing fingers, I start loosing respect!

شاهدت مقطع على اليوتيوب منقول من قناة فضائية عربية، و انصدمت عندما شاهدت الشخص الذي كان من المفترض أن يمثل المؤسسة الدينية كان يشير بإصبعه الشخص الذي كان يتناقش معه!
أنا أفهم أن بعض اللفتات البسيطة قد تعني أشياء مختلفة في بلدان  و مجتمعات أخرى، لكن نشأتي وتربيتي علمتني أن اعاقب إذا أشرت إصبعي في وجه شخص ما! لانها سلوك سيئه!

قبل كل شيء، الاشارة تولد العدوانية، وليس هناك أي سبب أكون عدوانيا في محادثتي مع أي شخص ما – نعم، حتى لو كنت لا أتفق مع شخص آخر!

لذا، إذا أردت الإشارة بإصبعك على شخص ما، توقف و فكر للحظة، وتسأل نفسك: “كيف أريد المجتع أن ينظر لي؟”،

عندما يبدأ الناس في توجيه أصابع الاتهام، يبدأ فقدان الاحترام!

2 thoughts on “Don’t Point – It’s rude!

  1. That’s true, pointing the finger is bad. These days religious people who are supposed to guide other, getting worst with their practice of religion, so what can we expect from a common man.

  2. Good post! Simple and direct. I totally agree with you and I think many well known figures do it here regardless of their background.
    A comment on your childhood, I had a similar one..I was told off so many times for doing this or saying that because it might hurt people’s feelings. Sometimes I blame my parents for raising me that way as I grew up expecting others to act the same but unfortunately they rarely do 😦

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