ig·nore:
igˈnôr/  verb

  •     refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.
       “he ignored her outraged question”
  •     synonyms:    disregard, take no notice of, pay no attention to, pay no heed to; More
  •     turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to, tune out
      “he ignored the customers”
  •     snub, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look right through, pass over, look past;
  •     informal: give someone the brush-off, give someone the cold shoulder
    “he was ignored by the journalists”
  •     set aside, pay no attention to, take no account of;
  •     break, contravene, fail to comply with, fail to observe, disregard, disobey, breach, defy, flout;

I’m 28. My friends range from a few years younger, to 15 years older.

Age shouldn’t play a part in this at all, but I feel like with age comes experience. With experience comes knowledge. With knowledge comes proper respect. With respect, should come proper action. However, people at this age and beyond are still ignoring each other.

Why?

Really, what is the point in ignoring anyone or anything? If there is a reason why you do not want to speak to a person, why are we afraid to say it? If someone has done something to you to the point where you do not feel the need to acknowledge their text, call, e-mail, and general presence on this planet, why not voice it?

We are all passive-aggressive cowards, but we pretend that we are bigger than that which we cannot tell to go away.

There are times where I do not want to talk to someone and ignore a call or text. But often it’s because of a time constraint or awkward situation. In the latter case, I try to quickly think of something to say and respond. Even still, I’m trying hard to eliminate this practice completely. Why? Because I am trying to be a better person, and for me, it is a respect thing.

I may not like you. I may not want to hang out with you. I may not want to party with you. I may not want people to even know we are acquainted. However, I will answer you because you are a human and no one benefits or gains a single thing by ignoring or being ignored.

Try as I may, I don’t always get this respect in return. I also see great people denied this respect, and it boggles my mind. With the recent sobriety, my tolerance for disrespect and rudeness has plummeted. Alcohol made me weak, made me compliant, made me quiet. I am slowly, but surely separating myself for all that I feel was worth ignoring, or that which has ignored me.