I wish to expand on my earlier post. Having successfully completed Psych 101 for 3 credits does not qualify me to opine on human motivations.
Having survived 40 years of biker bars, smoke filled pool halls and other assorted dens of iniquity throughout my life has given me the ability to judge motivations and character when I can observe them in person. Figuring out what makes a person do what they do long distance is a talent I don't possess.
It is my opinion that people used to be "nicer". Whether or not their behavior was a facade or whether their behavior was genuine is not for me to judge. Hostility has gotten worse. Rude behavior has become more common place. Vulgarity has become acceptable. The lack of respect for our laws is growing as evidenced by the fact that sedition has become a patriotic act in the view of some.
Even the barbarians I associated with were nice to old people, treated children with kindness and had a certain decorum when dealing with "regular" people. Even whores were treated with politeness by the people I ran with. They are just trying to get by like everyone else and they are marketing the only product or skill they have of value.
I don't have a clue what brought about this age of rudeness. A lack of civility is obvious everywhere you look. Even our latest President doesn't manifest any social graces. Children are showing a gross lack of manners. If we don't instill values and respect in our children how long can civilization continue? What good is law if no one respects it? Where is human dignity?
Crude behavior doesn't translate to toughness. Samurai were polite and had good manners and were fierce fighters. Martial artists bow and show respect for the referee, their teacher, their art and each other before the match begins. They are polite and lethal.
It is perhaps to much to expect kindness from everyone we meet although that would certainly be nice. But common civility is required to maintain a society. Why aren't parents teaching their children to be respectful? Why are children growing up with less than acceptable manners? You can teach a child gun safety but you can't teach them which fork to use? Can't teach them to say please and thank you and pardon me?
I can become a savage easier than I care to admit when savagery is what the situation demands.But until that time comes I will continue to be polite if at all possible. I will respect the laws of the land. I will respect all women and I will revere our old folks. It isn't that hard and it makes a difference!
What do you think?