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Continuing my thoughts about why I'm attracted to an older era, I realized that one thing is manners. One difference between then and now is manners.
Generally, there are a lot of bad manners out there. Yesterday I witnessed how a parent was mirroring bad manners to her child. She slammed a glass door in my face, even though she had turned around and seen me right behind her. As I pushed the door open, her little girl looked back at me, uncertain. She understood something was wrong, but then she skipped off with her mother. She will no doubt follow in her mother's footsteps because she is a child, and parents are "magical" at that stage, they are almighty and right in everything they do or say.
Good manners make every day life a little more pleasant. They acknowledge the presence of others, they show respect for one's fellow human being. But with TV shows encouraging people to be vile and backstabbing on TV with the promise of a million dollars, what do children learn? What do adults learn for that matter?