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Do people do these things in your country?

Do you think it’s good or bad manners to do these things, or doesn’t matter?


  • Kiss people on both cheeks when you meet them.
  • Shake hands when you meet someone for the first time.
  • Call older people by their first names.

In a public place

  • If someone be entering the door shortly after you, pause a second and hold it open.
  • If you accidently bump into someone, say “Excuse me”.
  • Don’t discuss rude topics (gossips, dirty jokes, swear words, etc.)
  • If you are on a crowded bus, offer an elderly person, a pregnant woman, a woman with a child your seat.


  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Try to give cyclists enough space.
  • If you come to a four-way stop that another driver doesn’t seem to know how to manage, just motion him to go ahead of you.
  • Don’t tailgate people.
  • Use…

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Redefining Wonder Woman

Today, I had a right go at my daughter for washing her hands for the umpteenth time when she should have been changing for our day out. She is infatuated with washing her hands. So when I saw her wet after she’d moisturised, I was unhappy to say the least. And I told her off.

When I asked her why, it turned out that whilst she was helping her brother moisturise his back, her fingers got into his butt crack (don’t ask, I didn’t). So she did genuinely need to wash her hands. So I had to apologise because on this occasion, she did need to wash her hands.

I often apologise to my children when I’ve yelled at them or taken my frustrations out of them. They are only 4 and 6 but I feel now is the time to instil in them the values I’d like to see…

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TARDIS Blue Eyes

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
-Fred Astaire

There’s been a lot of talk of late regarding the treatment of Prime Minister Julia Gillard by the Coalition and by some members of the media. One of the two major incidents of late was the menu created by the owner of the restaurant where Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough’s fundraising event was held. The menu item in question was ‘Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail” serving up “small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box”. The restaurant owner subsequently apologised to Mr Brough but didn’t feel it was necessary to apologise to the Prime Minister for mocking her. The second was an interview conducted by Western Australian shock jock Howard Settler when he asked if her male partner of seven years was gay because he is a hairdresser.

Now, many people have many…

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Black Roses

quote-rudenessOne of my earliest memories of getting into big trouble with my mother was being caught peeping at what the person sitting next to me (mostly in public vehicles) was reading, which would mostly be a newspaper. She would pinch me hard and give strict orders, “Look in front!” Embarrassed; I would ask myself, “How could just stretching out my eye to read a catchy newspaper headline possibly be a bad thing and make me rude?” I was then just another curious child eager to read. Not too different from the adult I became, just that I now buy my own books, newspapers and magazines and happen to get really pissed off when a stranger sitting next to me in a public place brings their head so close to my bosom, in the name of co-reading my newspaper. I also never understand what makes guys (strangers) in the matatu keep…

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“Polite Society’s” Purpose Vol. #2 Essay 19

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Polite Society 1880s“Polite Society” is a term that came into use during the 1880s and it remainedpolite society 1950s with us until the 1950s. It refers to the behavior of the upper echelon of our society and is normally associated with the Protestants. Their behavior was guided by their strong Christian faith and their sincere concern for the feelings of others. Kindness was the rule of the day and both men and women behaved accordingly, in both their private and public lives.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Well, because people were born and raised within the strict parameters of their Christian faith, keeping that promise was relatively easy, as well-bred people rarely stepped out of line, whether at home or at work. This was because the children were trained early on to be polite, hard-working, trustworthy and kind adults, thereby eliminating the need to criticise anyone’s behavior. Everyone played by the rules with wonderful results.

Today, this is no longer the case. We are surrounded by louts, not only at work but at home too.screaming womanscreaming customerscool kids misbevaeblack guy and bus driver

And once again, we can blame the radical, second wave feminists for the demise of another comforting and traditional component of America’s glorious past. The concept of a polite society has vanished from our landscape with chilling and disheartening results. Its loss has turned, what was once, a pleasant, courteous and peaceful society into a cynical, crude, rude, and obnoxious prison.woman with scissorsannoying co-workerbad little kids

Christian women have traditionally engendered genteel behavior by both men and women. They demanded to be treated with the respect that their good behavior entitled them to, all in accordance with the lessons learned in the Bible. The Bible teaches mankind the dignity and respect with which women were to be treated as both women and mothers. The Blessed Mother’s, Joseph and Jesus’ lives were the inspiration for the lives of all women and men.  Good behavior garnered reverence for the women, esteem for the men and respect for both. This understanding of what comprised good personal behavior was one of the key components of our civilized society. 

Feminist leader - Bella Abzug

When the radical, second-wave feminists and their socialist cohorts took advantage of the chaos surrounding the civil rights movement in the 1960s they started, what would become today’s rude society, eventually destroying polite society, by veering away from Christian behavior and instilling the “do-your-own-thing” mentality in our college age kids.  

And yet today, they stubbornly refuse to take blame for all of the evil behavior that followed their revolutions, both sexual and societal, despite the inability for anyone to find, anyone or anything, else to blame.

After their tirades and psychotic hissy-fits everything changed in America. Gone were the sexual mores of love, marriage and children. Gone were the ethical standards of good business practices. Gone were the merit based advancements in education. Gone were the promotions based on talent. Gone were the pride in country, flag and our military. Because, gone were the essential and basic human qualities only Christianity can develop in a culture. They were trashed along with everything else bequeathed to America by the sacrifices of the Christian men, during our American miracle.

 Every traditional, 1000 year old human value, standard of behavior, polite kindness and consoling commandment were dramatically and publicly trashed by the non-Christian likes of Gloria Steinem (radical feminist), Abby Hoffman (radical political activist), William Kunstler (leftist lawyer), Betty Friedan (feminist), Leonard Weinglass (radical’s lawyer) and, Jerry Rubin (social activist), in less than 10 years! With the help of the TV industry, which was in its infancy, these sick people and their ilk, grabbed the limelight and our country, to this very day, has not recovered.

Our daily preferences are glaring example of this decline – people routinely choose football over church; kids sports over family dinner; irresponsibly over responsibility; sex over love; procrastination over determination; globe over God; secularism over faith; career over children; clothes over character; rudeness over politeness; impulsiveness over patience; pets over people; friends over family; rash words over silence; selfishness over consideration; divorce over marriage; and dozens of other disastrous decisions.

And why do we choose to jump off the cliff rather than cherish our short time on earth? Because a group of dysfunctional females in the 1960s convinced millions of women that polite society was for wimps and that their way would break the bonds of patriarchy and oppression thereby allowing them to achieve ”independence” and ”to be all that they could be.”  ”I am woman, hear me roar!” YUK!               It’s the Women, Not the Men. to be continued

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