I had this discussion with a friend of mine yesterday and after reading the "Cold Hearted" post I thought that I would propose this question on the board.
What has happened to basic manners and "nice-ities" and caring in this day and age?
I'm not just talking about at work either. As nurses you all know that you are extremely busy people and deal daily with stressors that most humans could not handle. There is not enough time in your day at work for all the "thank you'" and "pleases", etc. But what about the odd times that there is time for a "really appreciated your help" "hope you are doing ok" or even outside of work like when you go to the store or a social gathering?
Is it just me or have a lot of basic manners gone out the window? Or are people just not raised with manners anymore? I can't believe I'm asking this because I'm only 27 yrs. old myself. I didn't go to a fancy finishing school but I was raised to say "thank you" and "please". To hold the door open for the person behind me. To offer my seat if there were none available and an elderly person, handicapped person, or pregnant woman were to come on board. To step aside if I were walking down a narrow hallway or sidewalk and let the other pass. Yet daily, I see men / women, old / young disregard basic considerations. And I'm not even talking about basics even. I mean, I started a new job and was only there for 2 weeks when a salesman that I worked for blatantly asked if I was" going to start a family soon because he didn't want to bother to teach me anything if I wasn't going to be around long". I mean, in what day in age is it appropriate to ask anyone something so personal?
Is it just me? Is it where I live? Are we, as a culture, so focused on ourselves that we pay no attention to others? Is it all these new gadgets that we have now that let us get things done twice as fast and do twice as much?
Interested in what any of you might have to say about this.