A Right Way to Treat … Human Kind

Why You Gotta Be So Rude?
by Erin Howell

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on “What’s an RP Moment?”  I have Erin Howell here via her youtube video entitled, “Why You Gotta Be So Rude?” where she explains a recent problem she had on a commuter train in Chicago. In her no-nonsense way, she states exactly what she wants the viewer to take away from her experience.

I loved Erin’s directness and willingness to bring this situation to the attention of others, admitting to her own vulnerabilities and imperfections while pointing out how it feels to be caught in this situation. I post this simply as an educational tool, not to blame or offend. Instead, I use it as a way of promoting awareness to vision-impaired individuals and really just reminding us all of the golden rule.

As we all know and Erin points out, you don’t have to be vision-impaired to experience a situation like this. We all have our own problems and life happens but let’s be part of the solution.


Erin Howell - Passionate about sharing her story
Erin Howell – Passionate about sharing her stories

Erin Howell lives and works in Chicago, IL. Storytelling classes, being a graduate teaching assistant and attending grad school keeps her busy. She has to juggle her schedule to fit in periodic new youtube videos in her ongoing Youtube series called, “Erin Going Blind,” in which she documents losing her vision.

At 26, her life is much like her contemporaries – with one exception. She suffers from Cone Distrophy. Diagnosed at 15, she didn’t learn much about it until 6 years ago when she met her biological father, who also suffers from Cone Distrophy. In a two-year period her vision decreased from 20/70 to 20/200.

Erin is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others through her experiences, particularly high school,  college students and people with invisible illnesses / disabilities. She’s off to a great start as the Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB) recently featured her and her series of videos in the Winter 2015 In Focus newsletter.  


It’s always shocking to be singled out, subject to a barrage of verbal abuse for some minor infraction you unwittingly committed.

Have you been cursed at by a stranger (s)?  Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  How would you handle the situation?



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8 thoughts on “A Right Way to Treat Human Kind

  • March 2, 2015 at 12:46 am

    This has happened to me, different circumstances. People can be so rude. But today, you can’t really say much in response for fear of some kind of violent reaction.

  • March 2, 2015 at 2:10 am

    LOVE the video and clearly here point is well made. She’s right, always treat people nice. It’s just good karma. Treat others how you want to be treated. Reap what we sow.

    Thank you for this awesome video. Definitely a reminder that we often forget sometimes to practice.


  • March 2, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Yes, it does shock me sometimes how rude people can be to others, and yes, I have unfortunately experienced this myself. I’m a very non-confrontational person, so when people are rude to me, I have a difficult time reacting or defending myself.

    One situation comes to mind, from a time when I was standing in line at a cutting counter for some fabric. The employee was busy, so I waited for her. Just as she turned around to help me, another woman nearly pushed me over, as she shoved HER bolt of fabric at the woman, even though she had just arrived at the counter! She was considerably taller than my 5’2″ height, and larger, so I just shook my head and backed off. After she left, the employee apologized to me for THAT other woman’s behavior!

  • March 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    You’ve got a point, Carol.
    That seems to be the case sometimes. I wouldn’t even have known what to say.
    Thanks for your comment!

  • March 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Janelle,
    So glad you liked it. I found it to be a good reminder, too. 🙂

  • March 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, K Lee!
    At least the clerk noticed and there was some kind of apology! That kind of rude behavior is so outlandish, don’t you think it could be featured as a comedy spoof on SNL? LOL! I tend to be non-confrontational myself.
    Thanks so much for taking time to watch the video and weigh in on it.

  • March 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This was a great post. This girl is doing some great work for awareness. Rudeness is a sad sad thing. I will check out more of her videos.

  • March 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Hi Kerry,
    Thanks for this feedback! I loved the video myself.
    I like what she’s doing and how forthright she is in sharing it.
    She has some really good ones! Do check them out!

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