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Jewish World Review Oct. 24, 2005 / 18 Tishrei, 5766


By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "What do you mean Americans have gotten ruder?"

"A recent Associated Press poll shows that nearly 70 percent of the respondents questioned believe people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago."

"Why would that be?"

"Life is moving faster these days. Companies are employing technology that has dramatically increased the speed of change. This technology has enabled competition on a global scale and employees, fearing for their jobs, are working long and hard to keep up."

"Yeah, yeah."

"The pace at home is much faster, too. Many couples, having fallen into the big-mortgage trap, are both working. To afford large houses, they've moved further out into the suburbs. They're perpetually sitting in traffic jams, rushing to pick the kids up from day care, and racing to get home to make dinner."

"It's a free country."

"Computers, video games and other gadgets are isolating people from each other. And many people are living far away from their extended families — living among people they are not deeply connected to."

"Sounds good to me. My family drives me nuts."

"Even modern architecture is promoting isolation. Look at the older homes built in the 1920's. Big glorious porches were on the front and the garages were in the back. Homes were designed to invite friends and family to stop in for a visit and some cold lemonade. Now the porch is hidden in the back and the garage is on the front — even our homes are rude to people."

"If you say so, pal."

"As a result of this desensitization and the stress of modern times, we're seeing more incidents of road rage, more people cutting in lines at the super market, fewer people holding the door open for strangers. I know I've been short with service people at times."

"Being rude with service people is the reason I get out of bed in the morning."

"What's most interesting is that folks are quick to see rudeness in others, but not in themselves. Only 13 percent said they'd used an obscene gesture while driving. And only 8 percent said they'd used a cell phone in a loud or annoying manner."

"I do both every day on my lunch break."

"It's certainly true that life IS moving faster and keeping up is more stressful, but that's no excuse. We all need to get back to the basics. Parents need to do a better job teaching their kids to have respect for others. Adults need to slow down and be more considerate of others."

"Why should we care?"

"Because a civil and mannerly existence is not just a more delightful way to live, but one that is essential to a well-functioning society. Don't ask me, ask Judith Martin."

"Judith Martin?"

"You know her better as Miss Manners. She says that good manners are the philosophical basis of civilization, that it's essential folks have a common language of civil behavior that restrains their impulses."

"But impulsiveness is my favorite hobby."

"Martin says our legal system was originally intended to punish serious conflict involving the loss of life, limb or property, but the legal system is now forced to handle disputes that the proper use of etiquette used to prevent."

"I ain't following."

"She says that what used to be an insult is now called slander. What used to be meanness is now called hate speech. What used to be boorishness is now called sexual harassment. If the rules of civility and etiquette were stronger, fewer people would engage in actions that are now considered crimes."

"Slander, meanness and boorishness are against the law now? There goes the weekend."

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