I believe that history and heritage are valuable, and that gentility among people is still the "currency of the realm." I believe in the solid principles that have been passed down from generation to generation; that there is value in a man's word, that there is goodness in the hearts of all men, and that a knowledge of the woods, fields, lakes, rivers, oceans, and the creatures and crops we find there, makes us better stewards of God's amazing earth!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Polite Conversation Welcome!

I find it interesting that in today's world we have lost sight of so many things that made the world a more gentile place to live and work.  One of the primary lessons my good southern mother taught me was that there are such things as "polite company," and "polite conversation."  Polite company is when one is in the presence of women and children..or others that are not "familiar."  Polite conversation pertains to any topic other than religion, politics, or private family matters.  The reason I bring this up is that in today's world I believe that we would all get along so much better if we were to adhere to this time-tested approach to communication.  In our age of social media we should be aware that just because we can post it on Facebook, or Google+ or Twitter, etc., DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE SHOULD.  I mean nothing tends to get people more riled up than a religious or political topic with which they disagree...and to compound matters, the tone of whatever is being written is applied by the person who is reading it.  This, in and of itself, is extremely dangerous.  An innocuous comment of a religious nature, read by someone who's of a ill-humor, could be taken in a way most unintended, and lead to a less-than-civil exchange, fracture a relationship, or worse.

I mention this as this has happened more than once recently (not by me but I was witness) and it seems to be happening more and more frequently.  So  Rule #1 - Polite topics of conversation only, and Rule #2 - Always remember that the tone of anything written is determined, not by the author, but by the person reading it.

 In this digital, social-media-heavy age, these are two golden rules to live by.

Until Next Time...

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