Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 10:09:56 -0500 From: mmcdaniel Subject: Re: politeness Lynne, I'd have to agree with Melissa. There has been a decrease in politeness over the years. As far as your personal feelings regarding strangers talking to you: Yes, your dog may have died, but all the more reason for people to talk to you. Sure, there are times when we need to be alone, but at other times being alone is what we want, not necessarily what is best. Many people are already afraid to engage a stranger in conversation, and I think that if we promote the "leave me alone" attitude, then society will keep on its downward spiral. Beth, the voice mail system is used to convey the message, "(may) God bless you." If you read a letter from a friend, in which the friend wrote "God bless you," you wouldn't say, "Is a letter capable of blessing me?" Beverly, in some cases saying "Bless you" is "not really polite and personal so much as formulaic and empty"; however, ignoring the person saying it is definitely rude, regardless of your intentions. The ignoring becomes the issue rather than the possible insincerity. Of course it's best to do the right thing for the right reason. But it's better to do the right thing for the wrong reason than the wrong thing.