Walk the talk on graciousness

These days, it seems that we have to always be on the lookout for "vigilantes" who are quick to capture any improper social behaviour ("I was unwell, says commuter in seat spat"; Oct 31).

This has given rise to gracious behaviour on trains, where commuters are quick to give up their seats to those in need.

However, this type of behaviour does not seem to apply in every situation.

For example, I have seen many incidents where commuters refuse to move to the rear of the bus, even though there are many people still waiting to board.

They reluctantly shuffle in only after the bus driver urges them to.

When we are on the streets, do we offer assistance to people who need help, or do we simply walk past?

As students, we are taught to always be gracious and help people in need. I have seen parents encouraging their children to do so too.

Yet I see only a handful of adults setting the example.

If they can put their words into action, it would be a more effective lesson for the younger generation.

Seow Wei Lin (Miss), 20, First-year university student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2015, with the headline 'Walk the talk on graciousness'. Subscribe