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June 6th, 2002


Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that there’s something sorely lacking in society. Very simply, we’re not being very courteous and we’re not paying mind to others.

I base this statement on a few things. First, there’s a severe lack of courtesy when it comes to the service industry (surprise!) Ever go through a drive-thru and been greeted? How about having any verbal contact with the other person at all? What about at the store? Unless it’s a local store, or someone is exceptionally well-mannered, a sincere “hello” seems hard to come by.

And then there’s the whole vanishing of the phrase, “thank you”. I’ve noticed this particularly as of late. You hold a door for someone? Nothing. You give them a “gesundheit” or “bless you”? Nothing but the sneeze.

So, why is this happening? Why are manners going away and, more importantly, why are we accepting it? Sure, sure, things change – I recognize that, and I don’t want to become a fuddy duddy in some ways. But it just seems that we’re far, far more willing to give someone the finger than give them a thumbs up. We’re likely to call someone “stupid” than “resourceful”, and we’re more likely to attack people than try to understand what’s going on.

Friends, let’s bring back the manners. Please. Thank you.

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