You. We know *you* are vice-free, dear Daily Post reader. But, or perhaps we should say, “butt,” others around you and in your life are riddled with vices: they smoke; they eat too much celery; they hog the covers; they can’t keep their hands out of the office candy bowl. Which vice or bad habit can you simply not abide in others?
A bad habit and vice are two different things. I consider vice much more serious, In fact, my favorite book, the dictionary, calls a vice an immoral or evil habit or practice, a depravity, an immoral or evil habit or practice. So when I get on my son’s case about biting his fingernails, I wouldn’t classify that as a vice, but merely an annoying bad habit.
I have some bad habits which I don’t mind sharing: smoking (responsibly), biting the skin around my fingernails, being a bit late habitually, leaving things until the last-minute (which makes me late), and I’m sure there are others — you’d have to ask those close to me. Vices — I don’t think I have any of those.
A vice that I can’t deal with in other people is dishonesty. First would be lying to me. Lying is not only wrong, but it assumes I’m stupid. Second, is taking credit for something I do. This happens often in the workplace chain of command, and sometimes that’s just they way it is — what one is paid for; but I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of people who have been generous and honest in giving credit to others, and I appreciate that. It is a sign of good character. I’ve seen the other side of it, too, where credit is stolen — almost like plagiarism. And generally that’s just not fair.
I also dislike it when people talk down to me or are overly pedantic — it’s demeaning and feels like they’ve made the judgment that I’m too dumb to understand what they’re talking about.
Those qualities in other people turn me off faster and a remote switches off a TV. Which reminds me, it really bugs me when the person who has control of the remote switches back and forth between programs, trying, I guess to watch two or three at the same time. Grrrr.