Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What happened to manners?

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
– Emily Post

Juli S. Thorson really nailed it again…with her blog discussing social graces and the lack of social manners, the internet disturbance of the peace, if you will … some people feel they are compelled to share their opinions, while most people find those same people to be offensive. The language and crude behavior is usually recognized for what it is.
In reference, I looked up what Emily Post would have to say about manners. Now, I understand many of these people that abuse our right to peace were born well after the last printing of Emily Post’s, Etiquette (probably last printed in the 1940’s).
According to Emily a snob is a person who is always animated by the impression he/she wants to make, and the exalted regard in which he/she strives to be held by others.
"The discriminating person cares nothing whatever about the opinion of those individuals, but chooses his/her interests and companions according to their personal taste and inclination.
The difference between a real snob and regarded as merely reserved and selective, is the entire distance between being contemptible and admirable—between worst and best."
Etiquette – Emily Post

Some people seem to feel times have changed. I am thankful the people I call friends still feel manners should remain timeless.

Juli and Emily say it so much better than I can.

Find Juli's Link below.

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