What’s Happened to Common Courtesy?
Confucius: “When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.”
Common Courtesy could be defined as:
A courteous act
A generous behavior
Behaving with consideration
Being kind to others
To demonstrate my concern for what has happened to common courtesy, I even found it defined using four letter words.
What has happened to common courtesy?
A couple of days ago, I was nearly run over in the store by a thirty-year-old mother and her two kids. No apology, no recognition, nothing.
Too often these days, this seems to be the prevailing behavior; the general attitude is “Me, me, me”.
I’m 81 years old, I still open doors for the elderly, disabled and others. What’s happened to our courtesy and good manners?
Why does our society seem so angry?
We didn’t used to have:
Work place shootings
Kids beating other kids
Parents beating each other and their kids.
We used to wave to people on the road. Now, we give them a one finger salute. It’s not pretty.
Is it the economy?
The political evil in Washington?
Is it too many people?
Is it the proliferation of cell phones?
I don’t know what has caused it. I do know it can be changed by one person at a time changing their behavior.
“It is difficult to find a courteous person today who isn’t trying to sell you something.”
One of the things you can do, is to take a look at your anger. Who did it to you? Who made you mad?
Find out. Write a Resentment Inventory.
List everyone you blame for your life and everyone you resent. Who done you wrong? What did they do? Write it down. Then forgive every one of them, release them and let it go.
It’s simple say something like, “John, I no longer blame and resent you. I bless you; I release you.”
Reexamine your list. Then make an amends to all the people you blame and resent.
Finally, release resentment and blame from your consciousness.
When did you loss faith in mankind? When did you notice the world was an angry place?
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