It is probably from similar experiences that the expression: “Never bite the hand that feeds you” came into existence. That saying goes back as far as 600 B. C. in the writings of Sappho, a Greek poet. It was first recorded in English in 1711.
It seems there are many people now days with ingratitude toward those who do them favors. You can quickly determine what children are raised with proper manners and those who are not. For one thing that really stands out is whether or not children say, “thank you!” when someone does something for them.
WE’VE PASSED some people on a sidewalk or a parking lot and they look like they are mad at the world. If you raise your hand to wave at them or express a friendly greeting they look at you with an unfriendly expression as if they could look a hole through you.
Now a person may not like the manner their employer or boss oversees their work. Still it would be foolish to go around complaining to several of the other employees. Word might get back to their boss. As a result he or she might make it uncomfortable for that employee or look for an excuse to fire them. The old saying President Harry S. Truman used, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” should be taken into consideration. In other words, either shape up or look for another job.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)