Question 2: When did it become acceptable for a perfect stranger (usually a guy) to address another guy as, ‘buddy.’ … “Hey buddy, how ya doin’?”
Question 3: Who told young people (quite often restaurant servers) that when greeting older couples, address them as, ‘guys!’ … “Hi guys, what can I getcha?”
What has happened to our manners? Is it the daycare phenomenon … you know, kids being raised in daycare and not being taught basic manners … or has society changed and I didn’t get the Facebook post? Perhaps its just me! Maybe I’m too sensitive or my expectations are unrealistic!
Perhaps, on the other hand, it’s just another indicator of the direction in which our society is heading. One whose values are based on money, power and fame, rather than compassion, forgiveness and respect.
Actually, I don’t know that there is any disrespect intended when people speak in this manner, but it sure sounds like it (which in itself is a bit scary … that people don’t know the difference).
In my experience, the lack of respect we give others reflects a lack of self respect, which comes from not feeling good about ones self. Perhaps then, this is the fundamental issue we need to address … creating a society that feels good about itself (that feels lovable, worthy, good enough and empowered). This might take some time though, because clearly our present focus has a lot more to do with money!
In the meantime, here are a couple more doozies to ponder:
- ‘Pardon me?’ is quite often, ‘Huh?’ … Huh?
- ‘Excuse me,’ has been replaced with, ‘Wait!’ … What do I need to wait for, I’m not doing anything?
Maybe I’ll watch a couple of episodes of Leave it to Beaver. People knew how to show respect back in those days by golly!
Have an awesomely respectful day!