My Theory of the Invisible Hand
Does it drive you crazy when people are inconsiderate or rude, or do you just accept it as a way of life and move on? Most times I ignore bad-mannered people simply because it is just not worth the energy to say anything. However the more I experience discourtesy and disrespect, the more I fantasize about getting back at these ignoramuses.
While in college I remember learning about the Invisible Hand theory by the great Economist Adam Smith which argues that the market place can and will self-regulate itself as if an invisible hand is guiding the way. I began thinking; wouldn’t it be great if there was an “invisible hand” to regulate rudeness around the world?
My first thought was that this invisible hand could somehow slap a person off the top of the head for any acts deemed inappropriate. But since the intent of this article was not to promote violence I decided to be creative and think of some other possibilities.
Perhaps the hand could embarrass you publicly? Not holding the door for the person behind you- the hand shines a spotlight and makes an announcement! Not giving up your seat to the elderly or a pregnant woman- a little sign might appear above your head identifying you as an inconsiderate imbecile.
There are those people of course that are rude and could care less about what society thinks of them. I have seen this first hand recently when I held the door for a person and they walked right past me without even a thank you or at least an acknowledgement! How lazy or inconsiderate could a person be not to say thank you? Could they be in that much of a hurry that there is no time for simple manners?
Another example is while driving and a person cuts into your lane without even a wave or nod of the head! Sometimes I wonder if they are just pre-occupied because they are texting while driving and unfortunately the fiery crash they are destined for will teach them an important lesson.
How could the “hand” deal with these people? Perhaps in these instances the hand could just teach them a lesson by dramatically slowing them down and inconveniencing them for a period of time. Maybe they will get stuck in an elevator, miss their train or be terribly delayed in an airport.
The more I thought about it the more it I realized that these things actually do happen. Bad things do happen to bad people! It is like karma or divine intervention. Could there actually be an invisible hand already out there guiding us? Maybe it is the hand of God or maybe it is just our moral consciousness?
Regardless of our beliefs or our day-to-day activities, we should always be respectful and do the right thing for our fellow people. If not, the big invisible hand might just reach out for you!