Whatever happened to manners and common courtesy?

April 8, 2009

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Whatever happened to manners and common courtesy?

Whatever happened to ‘thank you’ and similar polite phrases?

As children, most of us had manners drummed into our heads, but somewhere along the line, people have grown to consider it optional. Back then, were seen, not heard, and all it took was the “look” from a parent to get us in line. These days, the parents seem to be afraid of the children. There are exceptions, but so often it seems that the children feel entitled and have no fear of consequence.

Whether it is buying some groceries, dealing with a company over the phone or just plain being civil to a fellow civilian, I often fail to hear the familiar phrase.

At first, I thought that I was getting old. Being in my late thirties (forty-one actually), I felt that I may have been becoming a curmudgeon. But, no! Expecting to hear a ‘thank you’ or sincere ‘have a nice day’ is not only polite, it is what I am programmed to hear!

Case in point: The other day, I remained standing at a pharmacy counter for a minute or so after I’d been given my prescription and receipt. Why? Because I hadn’t heard a ‘thank you.’ I assumed that there was something else I must have been waiting for. Maybe the pharmacist needed my advice on something? I don’t know.

Last week, I saw a teenage boy, fifteen or sixteen, throw a tantrum on the street because his mother didn’t walk fast enough from the restaurant they had just eaten dinner. He was cold, or to use his words, “suffering.”

So, why are we becoming increasingly selfish and without manners ?

Has the gluttony and sense of entitlement of the parents simply spilled over to the children ?

Thank you for your time and attention.


One Response to “Whatever happened to manners and common courtesy?”

  1. jude dodd said

    Refreshing to hear this from the USA of all places. Australia not much different. Your blog popped up in a link on Twitter where I was searching for “common courtesy”, after a particularly infuriating trip to the shopping centre where everyone tries their best to get in peoples’ way, and no-one cares about inconveniencing other people.Nice to hear about your cats too! Keep blogging, JUDE

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