IMPOSING a fine for queue jumping or cutting in line? Why not? If only to remind people that rude manners are not acceptable. In our society, the expectation to be polite or good mannered is greater among the educated and those in authority. Whatever the status, it is important to behave “in a way that is socially correct and shows understanding of and care for other people’s feelings”.
Politeness is imperative indifferent areas of human life, even the simplest things. It includes knocking at the door, seeking permission to enter a room, and closing the door carefully. It means saying “Excuse me”, “Thank you”, and “I’m sorry”. It also means reducing the volume of your voice and using a headphone to avoid disturbing other people, especially in a workplace, in a hospital, church, and other public places.
Politeness involves avoiding jokes that may offend a gender, race, or class.
Showing good manners is more than just saying polite expressions and avoiding insensitive remarks. It includes having your long hair tied and minding the tip of your long umbrella when you take a public transportation. It entails being prompt and presentable. It means giving people the space that they deserve and showing them respect regardless of who or what they are. It also includes returning an item that you borrowed, cleaning up your own mess, putting wrappers into the trash bin, and bringing them home if you can’t find one.
Someone said, “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any”.
What examples of politeness are seen in our daily lives?