Let’s talk about manners. Or more specifically when they apparently became irrelevant? Did I miss the memo about a big fat OK to being utterly ignorant and entitled? It wouldn’t matter if I did, that type of spam would go right into my trash can anyway.
Our neighborhood has a situation which I won’t divulge too much into. Let’s just say we have an amenity (rhymes with ‘cool’) that we as residents pay for and it is constantly monopolized by non-residents. This disallows residents from enjoying their facilities and intimidates others into leaving this facility prematurely. I’m not above turning a blind eye to a certain degree of these visitors’ presence but when you invade a private space in a 30 person strong crowd, blaring music with explicit lyrics and spend your time shouting profanities then there’s a problem with your manners.
I was led to believe two things, 1) that they don’t cost a thing to express and 2) there is no question of whether or not you should express them.
We all slip up from time to time: the door you let swing in front of someone out of sheer mindlessness; or the thank you you might fail to say out of distraction. These are few and far between.
Millennial manners. Can I use the term millennial? – Everyone else seems to and the term is beginning to tarnish. I get it, it’s a label for our generation but even I’m starting to associate it with the word entitlement and that’s not cool with me. Being young and successful with ample opportunity doesn’t equate to having an all expenses ticket to a life of sheer ignorance. Speaking as a ‘millennial’, I’ve seen around the internet the quote “those who criticize our generation seem to forget who raised it”. I think that statement is a total cop out. Sure, there are many cases where we could easily say ‘blame the parents’ but I believe adults have control over who they become no matter how they have been raised. Adulthood has no room for blame shifting, just accountability which is sadly more of a fantasy than a reality. If millennials want to be known as self-sufficient, successful, go-getters then it seems rather contradictory that any arrogance shown is written off as a trait passed down from another generation.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in full support of our educated and information hungry generation. I am a part of it. My friends are a part of it. What I cannot support is the minority within the group who coast through life demanding what they have claimed as theirs without merit. We are highly educated and hard working but gratitude and good manners seem to be out of reach for so many.