As a society, have we lost an understanding of the significance in being mannerly toward one another? Are we too self-centered or self-absorbed with our own agendas that we carelessly disregard our behavior toward others? What mannerly path are our youth on, and what is the exemplifying trend that we as parents and adults display to our young?
Unfortunately, there is a persuasive thought that we may have lost the societal battle in creating a citizenry that is mutually respectful and considerate. But I believe the battle is not lost, and it is time for all of us to initiate a resurgence in reinforcing the manners that we expect from our children and one another.
The common courtesies of “thank you,” “please,” and “you’re welcome” should never be neglected. Small acts of kindness such as opening a door for someone should not be forgotten—whether it be pulling out a chair to assist in the sitting process or standing when ladies excuse themselves from the table. You may think that is old fashioned, out of date, and not necessary, but it sure feels nice to be treated with a degree of respect and politeness.
The fact is that being polite and displaying manners is the right thing to do. Whether someone responds or not is irrelevant, but it should not deter us from continuing to set the appropriate example.
Let us all take the time to be more cognizant of how mannerly, or not mannerly, we are to one another and the example we set for our children. Our little darlings are not always so darling. Educating them in understanding the important role of manners and holding them accountable should not be diminished by societal acceptance of behaviors that are disrespectful toward others.