The Large Fierce Mammal’s Small But Weighty Book of Etiquette

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  1. Leroy Hearn says:

    I was unable to play the clip with audio. However, I agree with the gist of these remarks. As a matter of fact I even once considered starting a “school of etiquette” whereby I would teach young people manners and social conduct not only at the dinner table but in social conductivity. Then I don’t know who or how many would actually register ? I agree wholeheartedly and see so often the disregard even when walking in front of you at the grocery store…do you often hear “excuse me”..no, not at all. What the hell has happened to “good manners” ? Bravo!

    • Randy says:

      Oh Leroy, that clip without sound loses the entire point! It’s a classic.

      The society we live in now is the result of several generations that have been permitted to grow up in a world without responsibility or consequence – a slippery slope, for the ability to embrace and manage both, with passion, grace, and panache, is not just a quaint throwback to an earlier and more romantic age.

    • Diana says:

      Well Mr. Hearn, you succeeded in teaching at least one young person manners. Chris was THE most polite, well-mannered boy in our class. Quite possibly in our school. Which no doubt was partly why he was voted as both Junior AND Senior class president.
      You have a lot to be proud of!

      And it’s never too late to start that school… maybe a joint venture…? 😉

  2. Gary Carbone says:

    We’ve noticed this trend here in the Northeast US for quite some time. Holding doors for people who simply walk through without a nod or word of thanks……WTF? Aggressive drivers, etc., etc. In my opinion, it all boils down to a sense of “entitlement”–these people simply see the world through the eyes of “me, me, me”. It has become so bad that I don’t believe it will ever change for the better; courtesy, respect, honor and the like have become unimportant to the masses, or so it seems.

    When we drove from Florida back up to New Jersey a couple of years ago, we noticed far more politeness, friendliness and courtesy in the Souther USA. The Northeast has always had the reputation for being unfriendly, but growing up here and spending most of my life here, I guess I had become numb to it. Someday we hope to be living in the West or even the South–seems like the more people who are crowded into an area, the less manners. Have you folks noticed this as well?

    Always loved Cyrano de Bergerac, of course the Jose Ferrar one being my favorite. Not long ago the role was done by Kevin Kline, and I watched it expecting very little. What a surprise! He really did a great job on that version–as good or better than Jose Ferrar.

    Great writing, thanks Randy

    • Randy says:

      Thank you for your observations Gary.

      Way back before we had the internet to blame things on, there were still self-important assholes and people who, for assorted reasons, went through life in a cloud of entitlement as often as not motivated by growing up wealthy and leveraged by family connections. Since the invention and widespread use of the automobile, there have been people who felt emboldened by its anonymity and speed to yell insults and improprieties, even to lob missiles, at people on the street. Now we have the internet with its persistent air of faux anonymity, and what gets hurled there has direct parallels to what happened with the automobile.

      I grew up in a small Nova Scotia town, but most summers until I was 17, I spent visiting my maternal Grandmother in Montreal which was then the largest city in North America. I learned from that experience that small towns are not actually friendlier – they just contain a different kind of rude that isn’t usually aimed at people who come to visit. Hence, the mythology that rude doesn’t live there.

  3. Leroy Hearn says:

    Diana,
    I would suggest that your generous words of praise similarly match your beauty. I’m sure that my son’s manners were equally matched by your gracious presence otherwise they would have gone unnoticed. Thank you so very much for your thoughtful remarks.

    Joint venture may well be worth pondering ! Thanks, Leroy.

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