Monday, November 04, 2013

Read Greg Crosby

Read Greg Crosby's latest column, titled "The Unraveling of Civilization". I'm sure many readers, like me, will be nodding in agreement.  Among other topics, he writes about the end of common courtesies, things we grew up with that have sadly vanished:

"The simple act of saying 'thank you' and 'you're welcome' has been displaced with grunts and 'no problem.' Our language is liberally laced with obscenities and vulgarities, women and children use the terms and words as much as men do. Public demonstrations of courtesy to women are considered taboo or insulting. Open a door for a woman and instead of a smile and a thank you, you will be ignored or even get a dirty look. Stand up when a lady enters a room and people will think you're crazy or just simply laugh at you.
Certain things were considered 'private matters.' People went into a phone booth and shut the door when they wanted to make a call. They kept their voices down when speaking in public places so as not to disturb others around them. Radio and television advertisers were careful not to offend their audiences. When selling products related to personal health or bodily matters, euphemisms were used out of respect for the greater broadcast audience. Now common street terms are boldly and graphically used in the most vulgar descriptive ways when selling personal hygiene and toilet products. Matter of fact, most advertising is vulgar now."

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