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Something For Us to Consider! (7 of 10)
Series: How to Get Along With the Family!
Steve N. Wagers
1. I read recently of a school, in London, that specializes in the teaching of courtesy. The dean of the school is Dr. Frank Crane, and he outlined the purpose of the school:
"The supreme business of the school is to develop a sense of justice, the power of initiative, independence of character, correct social and civic habits, and the ability to cooperate toward the common good!"
2. Some of the rules of courtesy taught by the school are:
* A gentleman should lift his hat or cap in recognition of a lady
* To spit on the street is likely to endanger the health of others, as well as making you seem horrid and vulgar
* Hold a door open for a lady, or older person to proceed you in passing through
* Eat slowly and noiselessly. Avoid talking when mouth is full. Take small mouthfuls so that you may talk without giving offense. Keep your lips closed when chewing. And, never use your knife to lift food to your mouth. 1
3. Their goal is to make men into gentlemen by teaching acts of courtesy and consideration toward others. The motto recited before each school day is one by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"People may forget how you greeted them; but, they will never forget how you treated them!"
4. It doesn't take long to see that we live in a day where acts of courtesy and consideration toward others is a rare commodity. Someone has said that, "We live in a society where the milk of common courtesy has curdled." Not long ago, the cover story of USA Today began with this observation:
"A surly driver cuts into your lane. Your teenager brings home a CD with lewd, hostile lyrics. A political candidate in a TV ad morphs into a convicted murderer. A star baseball player spits on an umpire. A radio talk show jockey insults the president while he's sitting right there.....it is impossible to ignore the growing rudeness, even harshness, of ...
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