Tag: Manners

Manspreading Across the Boundaries, a Sermon

 

In the New York Times recently, I saw an analysis of the present crisis in the relationship between men and women in the workplace that declared: “the problem is people in authority not understanding or not caring about boundaries, not seeing those under them or around them as human beings deserving of respect, and losing any reticence or hesitation about abusing their power over them. “

My first reaction was to snort: “Boundaries? What boundaries?” When I was coming of age, back in 1979, the intellectual’s favorite movie—-it won all sorts of prizes—-was one in which Woody Allen played a middle-aged guy having a full-blown affair with a 17-year-old. That film was playing in America’s theaters right around the same time that a younger would-be Senate candidate Roy Moore was dating teenagers: scoff all you want about Alabama, but the movie was called “Manhattan.”

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I was headed down the subway steps at a fairly fast clip when suddenly the traffic slowed to a crawl because the girl just ahead of me decided that she may as well fish around in her purse for her phone since the girl ahead of her was already in a plodding rate of descent, […]

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very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-isis-member-complains-of-rude-arabs-who-steal-his-shoes-eat-like-children-and-wont-queue-10503356.html Preview Open

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I’m curious to hear people’s opinions on closing time etiquette. If you go to a business towards the end of the day, do you look at the store hours (assuming they are posted on the door) before going in? If it’s 5 minutes to closing time, do you go in or leave? I’m not talking […]

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A leading indicator of a group’s moral state is their language. Frequent obscenity, profanity and vulgarity tells you something about people, something not good. You assume such people will be impatient and lacking in empathy. It’s usually a safe assumption. It’s the old, Jane Austinesque attitude, the equating of manners with morals. Fiction makes use […]

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Texting Is Destroying America

 

Teen-TexterI like texting. For conveying short bits of information, it is much more convenient than having a conversation over the phone and there are numerous situations in which texting is an ideal means of communication. For example, if you’re giving someone an address or asking them to pick up milk on the way home from work, it is easier and more convenient to text than it is to call.

For someone my age I was fairly slow to adopt texting. I steadfastly refused to text at all until I bought an iPhone in 2007. Since then, I’ve come to realize texting can be a valuable medium of communication and I believe that it has generally made me more efficient person. Nevertheless, two recent experiences have led me to conclude that texting is destroying America.

The first experience was two weekends ago when I was in the (novel for me) situation of having houseguests, one of which was my friend’s 13-year-old daughter. Now, like any reasonable adult, I do my best to limit my interaction with adolescents and teenagers to the absolute minimum, so I was completely unprepared for the way texting dominates the lives of America’s youths.