Society’s Vanishing words.

Take a moment to contemplate the following. Every day there are more examples these words are vanishing, and definitions may soon be eliminated from our dictionaries:

pro·pri·e·ty–1. conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners. 2. appropriateness to the purpose or circumstances; suitability. 3. rightness or justness. 4. the proprieties, the conventional standards of proper behavior; manners: to observe the proprieties.

ci·vil·i·ty–1. a : civilized conduct; especially : courtesy, politeness. b : a polite act or expression.

man·ners–1. social behavior, especially in terms of what is considered correct or unacceptable.

Today these words mean less that in all of history. Not so, you say?

Here are only two examples of folks you may want to ask: 1. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. 2. Family members of 9-11 victims whose last words were used in a commercial motion picture.

Why is it we have little or no respect for one another any longer? Why do we not care?

Certainly, the lack of no longer common courtesy cannot be blamed on one particular event or issue. It is not all the fault of television. It is not that we no longer teach the conventions of polite behavior to our children. It is not that men and women are now considered total and complete equals in every way. It is not the fault of adhering to political correctness. It is not the fault of little time to spend with our children, or the press of business necessities. It is not because most families must have two bread winners to make ends meet. It is not the lack of faith and religious underpinnings.

Or, is it?

Oh, and by the way…. I want it, and I want it now!

 

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