Does anyone remember common curteousy?

I wonder, whatever happened to common curteousy? Do you know what it is? I don’t think so, because if you do and you don’t practice it, then you’re one selfish person.

I’m not just talking about allowing someone to pass you in the grocery store aisle, we can all do that. I’m talking about all of it; giving others your full attention when they’re speaking to you, not interupting someone, holding the door for others – especially the elderly or handicapped, saying “please,””thank you,” and “you’re welcome,” not talking loudly or obnoxiously on your cell phone when you’re in a public place, looking at the people you’re out to dinner with, sharing what you have with others, offering to help somone who’s struggling, being curteous of others around you by not using foul language or making crude remarks, and holding your tongue if you can’t say anything nice about someone else. I’m sure I could go on and on about this, but I wonder if it would make a difference.

When did it become okay for teenagers to cuss out their parents? When did the words “thank you” and “please” get removed from basic vocabulary training? When did chivalry die? It’s no wonder domestic violence is on the rise, the number of divorces attributed to “irreconcilable differences” are at record highs, Columbine incidents are popping up in schools all over the country, and juvenile detention centers are becoming overcrowded. Unless we start taking action, by taking responsibility for our own actions and holding those we’re responsible for accountable for their actions, the situation will only get worse, and we can say goodbye to a “kinder, gentler America” and hello to the new “Smackdown America.”

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