In your daily contact with the general public, what grade would you give them in terms of their manners and politeness; a passing grade or a failing grade, and why do you so answer?
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You have summed it up nicely! I have experienced the same behavior. And as I said in a comment above, I still don't let it change the way I treat others. My mom always told me "Never give anyone a cause for complaint against you." Good advice!
Thanks. So much has changed in recent years! It truly amazes me....the lack of respect for self and others that is so present in our world and society.
Great answer! It's unfortunate that these extremely inconsiderate people force us to change our own behavior by acting so theatening. I don't see more rude people, but I DO see an increase in the degree of rudeness and aggressiveness.
You have a valid point and definitely one to think about. Assertiveness can be mistaken as rudeness. The stress of living in overcrowded cities and working in tiny cubicles can take its toll on a person. It's no wonder that people internalize.
Social etiquette has deteriorated a great deal. Because of crime and violence in the world, people are no longer trusting of their fellow man and have a tendency to put up a wall around themselves, instead of reaching out with acts of kindness.
Everyone is a world living in the bigger world; My God says to forgive. Why reflect the negativity that we ourselves do not like? Pride and selfishness cripples many people because they choose to allow it to.
I come in contact with intentionally rude people on a daily basis. You hold the door for someone when your hands are full, or you pick up something they dropped and hand it to them and they don't even say 'thank you'. It's bewildering at times.
I agree with your perspective that we have relaxed the standards of courtesy esp. w/ respect to language and treatment of authority/law. In today's society w/ such cultural diversity, it is hard to have an agreed-upon set of values outside of laws.