Please and thank you go a long way. They were among the first pieces of human interaction I was taught.
Probably talked about this before here. Well, it never hurts to repeat something this elemental.
I wager most who venture here have good manners. They respect themselves and others. It's basic civilization.
I came across another news blurb that Americans are getting ruder. Hmmm. MSM must be examined with a jaundiced eye.
Yet there does seem to be MORE rudeness these days. Is it absentmindedness or a by product of the gimme generation? Some of both probably.
Yet again, across eco classes etc I've known incredibly polite people. Not submissive let anything happen behavior, but simple please and thank you, asking not reaching. I sense self respect among many and though technically 'poor', quite a few who possess that quality that is a building block that brings us together and makes the Republic great.
Where I see the most lack of respect is among collectivists who try to manipulate us. They who do not believe or accept self rule revel in lack of social graces. It's another way to divide and conquer.
Adjust your attitude or adjust your altitude comes to mind. Lack of self discipline bleeds onto those of us who teach the opposite. I remember some kids in a rental next door with boundary problems wantonly picking the flowers one spring. The parents barely remonstrated them. They even left it to us to tell them what was right.
Other monsters were rude and disregarded private property. The parents DEFENDED them saying they were just kids. No comment, except to say they were dumb as rocks. Sheesh.
It's this kind of thing that contributes to the rot from within we face. It all adds up.
Mob rule will become a reality unless those who have manner go beyond polite.
There will come a point where that self discipline will come to bear on neobarbarians.
We'll have to 'teach em some manners'.
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