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Bring back good manners


Tue May 6, 2014

Editor: It is really pitiful when walking through Kingstown or elsewhere, you say “hi” to some people – including adults and secondary school students, and they look at you as if you’ve come from Mars or some other unknown planet. Or they even push their mouths or put their noses as if they’re smelling something bad. It is as if you’re an alien who does not know that you shouldn’t say hi to people you don’t know.{{more}}

Humans are supposed to be the most intelligent of all of God’s creations. Yet, at times, some people make it appear as though we are the least intelligent. We know that we live in the Last Days, as the Scriptures state, so we can expect the above attitude (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

However, this does not mean that we have to be part of the negative fulfillment of prophecy. Parents and teachers are expected to teach children good manners, including saying hello, good morning, thank you etc (Ephesians 6:4).

Some parents and teachers do so. But many parents do not instill proper values in their children – they are not mannerly themselves, so their children turn out the same. Interestingly, some unmannerly parents expect their untrained children to be mannerly; they scold them for being unmannerly when they themselves are not setting a proper example for them. How much better it is when parents set a good example in displaying good manners and teaching their children to be likewise. How much sweeter it is when you say hello to someone you know or don’t know, yet that person responds by saying hello. Young ones, teenagers, and adults must strive to show a mannerly attitude. Being rude is certainly NOT smart; it’s really foolish! As a people, the highest form of God’s creation on earth, let us try to display good manners at all times! Yes, bring back good manners in society!