When I was a kid when we say to lose our manners, that means like “fuck it”. But when you think about manners, I don't even really hear people talking about manners - how we act, how we go about things, how we engage with each other, how we engage with people on a day to day basis, I don't really hear people talking about manners in an up leveled way much about etiquette in the days of COVID and I feel like we are in the midst of this COVID when some of us are connecting more and more. Some of us are disconnecting more and more and when I'm talking about connecting, I'm talking about from connecting from a point of caring for each other just as people. I'm talking about connecting with each other just on a human level. I'm talking about connecting with each other as we're all breathing in the same air. I'm talking about connecting with each other. We're all here together. We are all countrymen. We are all patriots. We are all trying to fight and defend our way of life the best way we can even within our home. When I'm talking about connecting, we're all going through this similar struggle of going through a pandemic, yet we have no manners, and we get on social media and we forget the human element of everything.
I'm just wondering, are we losing our manners or did we ever have manners? And I guess when I think about the general manners that my mom taught me-taught as kids like holding the door for the person behind you. Even in these days, you might get some of that door opening, but it's almost like people are pulling the door closed behind themselves, but then there's the things like children should not be in grown folks conversation, or when you pass guest you say, excuse me or when you answer the phone, you say hello, you hang up, you say goodbye. Just that general please, and thank you, and this one is fairly new, because we didn't have cell phones when I was a kid, but to put your cell phone away when talking, are you so busy that you can't put your cell phone away when you're talking, when you're in the presence of another person, just thinking of that basic level of concern and that basic level of care. And I guess when we just kind of think about it like, what are the things that your mom taught you as far as consideration for other people, consideration for yourself and if you didn't learn some things, like you learn something but you wish there were more, you can add those two to having manners and I just wonder what are we teaching our children, our nieces and nephews when it comes to manners especially a simple please and thank you, are we still doing that?
I implore you and ask you to get someone that you can talk to about the pain and the frustration and the unrest that we're all going through right now in a pandemic and when there's court cases that continually to show Black people, that that there are concerns that they aren't important, that the distraction that all of this causes is way more important than life. We are living in a world that is disappointing, we're living in a country that is disappointing and its people love to say, “Oh, our soldiers did this.” Well, I was a soldier for 22 years and I'm disappointed in my sacrifice today. So, have we lost our manners across the nation and what are we going to do about this?
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