By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:00 PM EST
Today, telephonic portability has rendered the old rules useless, and what used to be seen as intolerably rude - people feeling free to make and take calls or texts regardless of where they are, who they're with, or what they're doing - is normal. You don't even get a chance to be polite.
I, for one, don't care to hear one side of someone else's phone conversation, but it happens anyway. Neither do I care to be put on virtual hold while they type a message to someone who, unlike me, is not in the room with them. Let's face it: Portable phones have undermined the notion of manners.
As usual, I blame my generation, the Baby Boomers¨. We might have been raised with manners but that doesn't mean we've passed them along.
We are so weird. We'll spend hundreds of dollars on eBay trying to recapture our kidhoods by buying the toys we lost and the baseball cards our mothers threw away. But when it comes to something from the olden days that could actually be useful - using some manners, not to mention some common sense, where phones are concerned - well, we sort of let that one slide.
I realize I sound a bit cranky, and I suppose that is another way to say old. But I'm not, really. I just believe that our lives could all be improved if we remembered our manners and thought about someone other than ourselves once in a while.
I consider it optimistic. And optimism keeps you young. It even helps you make sense of the world, sometimes. I wish I'd known that when I was 9.
© 2013 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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