#84: What Happened To....?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Last night at dinner with a long-time friend who is also former military and former law enforcement, we began talking about the loss of respect in society today. Neither of us would even think of wearing a cap inside a building, yet this is prevalent today, especially in restaurants.
A woman at the adjacent table offered an insight about clothing and other behaviors on airplanes. Used to be that accepted attire for a flight included a dress or blouse and skirt for women and a suit or blazer for men. Now, anything goes and many passengers wearing flip-flop type sandals feel free to kick off a shoe and stick their smelly foot on the back edge of the seat ahead of them.
Then we turned our conversation to churches. In days past, visitors to a church would go dressed in their "Sunday go to meeting clothes." Now, while it is good that people attend, there appears to be no dress code anymore. Shorts, t-shirts, halter tops and similar attire have replaced nice dresses and suits.
What happened to the time when people didn't carry on cell phone conversations in doctor's waiting rooms or in restaurants or elevators or a plethora of other places where their "important" conversation intrudes on others near them, when people had more respect for others and for themselves, when they were more polite and considerate and caring?
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"Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present." George Washington