Significance of good manners in modern society. |
Good manners |
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he Irish novelist Lawrence Sterne once said, “To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have deference for others governs our manners”. it is TRUE that MANNERS are like laws with the exception that there is no established formal system for punishing breaches, other than social deprecation. Good manners are not a sign of snobbery; it is just the opposite – they resemble the art of knowing how not to be a proudy.
Some people believe that “Good manners are just a waste of time in this modern world”. But this saying is absolutely wrong. Good manners ARE UNENFORCED principles of conduct, generally accepted codes for human behavior, conventional norms set by society to make communication among individuals easier. It is not always easy to communicate with people from background other than your own. They all have unwritten norms and behavior standards of which one cannot be aware if he does not know them personally. Moreover, when two separate cultures mix, the occurrence of awkward mistakes becomes inevitable.
It, therefore, represents mere exterior manifestation for a bunch of values and norms inside a society. If not used correctly, they turn into a kind of social statute without a real connection to the modern day world. Nowadays, it is common knowledge that etiquette has declined. News polls reflect public opinion that people, in general, are becoming ruder and more ruthless in their treatment of others. We, however, do not need different pollsters to enlighten us on something we can experience ourselves in our daily lives.
“Good Old Country People” –Pride is Stronger Than Most Think Pride throughout literature has been heavily manipulated by authors in positive and negative lights to reflect their intended purpose. In the majority of Flannery O’Conner‘s stories, characters who have pride exude more arrogance than they do confidence, and as a result these characters condescend towards those of lower standards. In “ ...
The problem does not originate from a lack of will of contemporary common folk to live in a better and more civil society. It does not come from a lack of trying, either. People behave bluntly and often brutally because they grow up and develop themselves in a culture that undermines the principles that attach significance and meaning to good manners.
One such principle is that manners as a tradition can only survive and exist in a relevant social context i.e. one has to direct them toward somebody else. Although, in general, men are social creatures, still, in their nature, they tend to be individualists. From their earliest youth, children are taught that each one of them is special and, therefore, better than the others; each one of them is the center of attention. As a result, they learn not to think with regard to the common good but to consider only what is important to themselves in order to assure their own comfort and happiness.
In short, this is another reason why “modern” people simply do not bother with what others think or do.
Good manners have a social political and economic effect. it helps in development of ones character in the society and among the mass of people. At last, good manners are one of the most important part of one’s life which helps in development of his character and cannot be denied.