Legislation needs to supplement education in graciousness drive

Let's face it, we are not a gracious society.

Despite many years of campaigns and attempts at public education, we have not changed.

Granted, there is the odd gracious person, but such people are few and far between.

Let us also not confuse generosity with graciousness. There is a massive difference between giving and being kind. Giving does not make one altruistic.

Recent reports of anti-social behaviour - the abuse of parking spaces and toilets reserved for people with disabilities, and the abandonment of supermarket trolleys - show that people generally do not care, and that if they can get away with it, they will.

That is the sad reality.

More recently, the National Council of Social Service started a "be gracious" campaign urging the public to leave accessible parking spaces to those who need them ("All can support independence of people with disabilities"; Jan 21).

It is unlikely that a campaign will make drivers act in a gracious and considerate manner, unless there is something that will make drivers feel the pain.

No number of campaigns will change the behaviour of those who do not care.

What we need is disability legislation supplemented with public education, if we want to progress forward realistically as our society ages.

Nicholas Aw Wee Chong