Once again, I find myself perched on a soap box, venting about something that frustrates and infuriates me- bad manners ! What is it about individuals or collectively as a community, that is so difficult about being well-mannered and considerate of others? As an avid “people watcher” , I see evidence of poor manners everywhere I go, whether it is to the local supermarket, a lecture,when submitting a job application, public transport or dining out.Is it becoming trendy to act like a complete arse? How difficult is it to say thank you when someone opens a door for you or allows you to go first at a check out? Additionally, are we all so time poor that we cannot respond to phone calls, emails, letters or job applications or write a simple note to thank another for their company, a gift, invitation,time or effort?Is life so hectic that we need to have mobile phones turned on all the time and take calls during meals, lectures or as I have experienced, individuals taking calls during a funeral service!
Another example is having to ask for something to be returned, be it a book, money or a CD. Without doubt anything to do with money can become quite embarrassing and I have learned that it is best not to make loans to anyone other than immediate family.
Driving brings out the worst in some individuals who believe the roads and highways are for their exclusive use. They fail to acknowledge( by a simple wave) another driver’s acts of courtesy and never show any manners at all, by allowing another car to go first or merge into the traffic.
Common courtesy and manners never go out of fashion 🙂