Sophrosyne

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Mind your manners!

on September 24, 2012

If I have OCD (Obessesive Compulsive Disorder) about anything; it is about manners and social awareness. Perhaps it was due to my upbringing and influence during my earlier years. I pay special attention to being polite and considerate. Unfortunately, not many people think or behave this way.

Here is the irony, the very people who are inconsiderate will be the ones who will demand for attention and respect. Never mind that they are unable to reciprocate; they have the audacity to demand for the very consideration they lack. I am sure you have met people like that. The obvious ones are rude and demanding to the service staff; the not so obvious ones fiddle with their mobile phones when someone else is speaking.

It amazes me that there are so many people who lacked social awareness or understand the basic laws of reciprocity. Nobody likes to be treated rudely.  The outcome of an unpleasant encounter will be unpleasant as well. Isn’t it basic knowledge that if you would like someone to do something nice for you; you treat them well and ask them nicely?? Unfortunately, we live in an age of entitlement where many feel that it is their right to demand; without using nice manners. What happened to those days where we used “Thank you” and “Please”?

I have always felt very strongly about this topic and have been wanting to do a write-up on it. It is disappointing to see that the level of mutual respect among fellow human beings deteriorate. We no longer value common courtesy. If this continues, then how different are we from animals?

This post will be linked to the life category as well as the parenting category in the hope that this article will serve as a reminder to parents that nice manners and common courtesy is not so common anymore. It is our duty as parents to raise our children to be respectful of others. We are not born polite; it is a habit, best instilled while young. We many not be able to change the world; but at least it is within our capacity to add one more socially aware and responsible global citizen to this world.

Like the saying goes: “Individually we are a drop, but together we are an ocean.”

 


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