Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 13:58:59 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: the world is going to the currs
On Wed, 22 Oct 1997 20:17:33 -0400 MELISSA S. SMITH said:
Can you honestly say that you haven't noticed a decrease in politeness in
the last 20, 10, even 5 years?
Yes, I can honestly say that.
I can also honestly say that throughout the entire history of western culture
folks have continued to mourn that the world was going to the dogs and that
culture in general was in decline. Generally speaking, the older we get the
more it seems that the world is going downhill, when really all we are
observing is change. The evidence that I have from reading literature causes
me to believe that impoliteness has always had a strong role to play (read
Pope's "Essay on Man," for example).