My Fubby (“future-hubby”–I came up with that name for him after he said he didn’t like being called a fiance) reads the Drudge Report and found a wonderful article posted in the Telegraph (UK) about being polite. In it the author discusses how it seems technology and a self-entitled, want-it-and-get-it-now attitude has caused people to feel that not only can they be impolite, but that they have the right to be rude. Mr. Deacon (the author) wrote that technology has a way of cutting people off from their immediate environment and strangers they pass by. I feel very much the same way. These are some of the exact reasons that I created this blog.
One thing I found most interesting was the part where the author said that people would be rude, citing that they were being “honest,” and those who kept their negative opinions to themselves were considered “two-faced.” Since when is considering your opinion an opinion and keeping it to yourself “two-faced?” Last I remember, the habit of keeping those things to yourself is an exemplary example of the motto, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
You can read the whole article here. I hope that Mr. Deacon’s recommendation to resolve to be a little more polite in 2009 reaches a great number of people.