Whatever happened to “courtesy?”

One of the definitions for “courteous” that is found in the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is this: “marked by respect for and consideration of others.”

We’re living in a world today that no longer recognizes this definition.

If you don’t believe me, go to the local Wal-Mart (or any major store for that matter) on a busy day and just watch.

I was in such a setting recently, waiting near the check out for my wife to finish her shopping.

Though I was out of the way (I thought) kids and (their parents) still managed to step on my feet and bump me with their shopping carts. Not once did I get “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” or “Please excuse me.” Actually, by that time I would have settled for “Hey old man, get out of the way.” It was as if I were invisible.

Then, Joyce nears the checkout line for shoppers with 20 items or less. Usually there is always someone in line with 21 items or more, but not on this day.

However, just as she was getting in line an older boy and someone in his late teens or early 20s almost knocked her out of the way, rushing to get in front of her. As we soon discovered, they were with the woman in front of Joyce and had been sent to get another item. Yet, there was no “excuse me” or “I need to take this to my mother.”

It was just a blatant example of rudeness. We are living in a culture today where people do not respect other people. Countless folks apparently have never heard of the “Golden Rule.”

It’s hard to blame rude kids because in most cases they have not been taught the art of being “courteous” by their parents. We’re living in a sad day. If my grandfather had witnessed me being rude to anyone, especially a woman, he would “have snatched me baldheaded.”

It made me even more conscious of the fact that I need to be constantly on guard to make sure I am courteous and respectful of other people. Everyone should be courteous. But, as a Christian, it really is not an option. It should be a daily part of our life.

2 Responses to “Whatever happened to “courtesy?””

  1. Johnnie Godwin Says:

    Yep, Lonnie, chivalry is dead; and courtesy is almost dead except for a few folks. I’ve surely written on this subject. Our pastor recently mentioned witnessing two different cars with church members in them [I assume our church] in parking-lot rage to get a spot. And one gave a signal to the other that the pastor said he couldn’t use in church:). Happened just a month or so ago.

  2. Floyd Craig Says:

    Well done and so needed. Floyd

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