Talking Point: Etiquette

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Japanese ladies bowing
I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?
- Pink Floyd

In a world that’s on course for population overload, and where every teeming metropolis means that we have to live very closely next to our fellow man/woman, rudeness and agression are on the increase. Whether it be on public transport, in a restaurant, or just walking down the street, it seems that certain rules of behaviour are more pertinent and practical than ever. With this in mind, our talking point this week is etiquette and good manners.

Are these attributes a thing of the dim and distant past? Or is it time to reintroduce the age of chivalry and respect for our fellow human?

  • When was the last time someone was genuinely courteous to you?

  • Holding a door open for a member of the opposite sex: outmoded sexism or just common decency?

  • Do we need to invent new rules and codes to deal with a burgeoning populace?

  • Could we learn more from other cultures about the way we treat each other?

  • Is a more spiritual approach to the burdens of modern life a way of taking off the pressure instead?

  • Is there a custom you'd like to see make a comeback?

  • What's the rudest thing you've ever done (and do you regret it?)?

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