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Reflections on rudeness

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Rudeness is in the eye of the beholder. I recently had the misfortune of getting stuck in traffic in front of one of the largest high schools in PA as they were dismissing class for the day. I was appalled at the rudeness of the students as they carelessly and arrogantly crossed the streets with no regard to their safety or the cars and drivers. As I was fuming, I realized that just a couple of days earlier I was in the exact same situation at Penn State University after a football game. The game was over and the crowd was leaving the stadium. I was laughing at the students as they carelessly and arrogantly crossed the streets with no regard to the cars and drivers. I thought the exact same behavior was all in good fun. I was rude to think those high school kids were being rude.
--Posted by Anonymous to Rudeness, Interrupted at 10/24/2005 06:43:26 PM

I tolerate a lot of rudeness. But if it's racist rudeness, I'm on the edge of confronting the offending person, even if it escalates into a fight. You see, minorities have been experiencing rudeness more than whites in this country. You don't get used to it. The more you experience rudeness, the more you hate it. In this in-your-face era, you're forced to get mean, or you get eaten.
--Posted by Marlon to Rudeness, Interrupted at 10/19/2005 08:27:20 PM

Hello my name is Jen and I just wanted to ask you about rudenness what are your views on it for example at the movies and being out on a date why do u think people are rude what is your defintion of rude?
--Posted by Jenny to Rudeness, Interrupted at 10/12/2005 11:07:30 AM



Are Parents to Blame for Increasing Rudeness?

The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on public attitudes about rudeness informs us that 69% of people think parents deserve a great deal of blame for the increase in rudeness in our society. Here's the link to a USA Today article about the poll:


What do you think?

Here's one reader's response:
Marlon said...
Where's all this increased rudeness coming from? It comes from a lot of factors. Religion (lack of it, actually): Most religions teach respect, empathy and compassion. When that's taken out of the schools and out of the context of the fabric of society, then out goes politeness. Ethics just doesn't cut it anymore, because ethics is driven by the bottom line. Even Christians have become rude! I've written about that in my blog (Marlon's Brain-Blog)if you're interested.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:22:06 PM

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