Many of us were taught the adage, “Kindness will take you where money cannot,” and it represented an era that kept social manners in the forefront.
These social manners included saying “thank you” by sending a card that was handwritten and expressive and not a short, impersonal tweet.
Today, there exists a dying art of exchanging pleasantries and having real conversations that involve looking into each others’ eyes and making full sentences. In this current era of smart phones and texting, we are losing more of the social manners that put the “civil” in the civilization in which we live and work.
Heads are so deeply buried in hand-held appliances that we are rapidly robbing families of bonding experiences, and even the “Are we there yet?” statements from restless children riding in the back seat of the car during family trips.
Parents invest highly in transportation that provides onboard entertainment that keeps the children distracted as the world and all of its beauty passes by without reflection or discussion.