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Manners in Modern Society

“Mind your manners” we would be told as children. It was a general rule for us to watch what we say, what we do and what we even think. If ever we said something very rude or did something considered out of character, we would be reprimanded or worse, punished severely. As children, we often disobeyed that specific rule because we enjoyed seeing our parents panic.

But as adults in the new generation, it seems like manners have been thrown out of the window. People in cars beep impatiently at the people crossing the street despite the traffic light being red. People failing to hold up doors for even frail old women right behind them. Cutting in front of people who were clearly in front of them and have been waiting for a bus longer than anybody on the line. Sure it may seem like its justified since they were slow or you were in a hurry, but would it have really hurt to stop and shell out a little patience or time?

Because our lives are so fast-paced and stressful, people hardly take the time to look out for anybody except themselves. Whether it’s after a horrible day at work, a string of terrible luck or your flight has been delayed for several hours, people tend to crack when nothing seems to go their way. Gone are the childhood days when not a care in the world ever popped into our mind and the rudeness we inflicted was all just part of a game we play. But as adults, being rude is no game and its not fun either. Rudeness can act like a virus, making us hurt the feelings of another person which makes them feel bad as well and in turn hurt another person who crosses their path. This creates a nearly endless cycle of negativity among the community.

But can we end the cycle by learning to take things in stride and thinking of people around us? Can we really make a difference by doing something nice to others when we are provoked? The next time you want to hurt somebody bothering you because you're in a bad mood or have had a bad day, try to think about how you would feel if you were in their place. This can also apply to the person being attacked. Like the saying goes, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”.

This just goes to show, a little kindness and a bit of manners can get you a long way. Even when you’re outside the country, remember you are a citizen of said country and all your actions reflect on who you are and who your people are. By showing you can watch over what you do and the things you say will show people you are a responsible and kind person and that the people of your country should be treated that way as well.