I can't stand rudeness in any shape or form as this is a sign of disrespect for other people. Having finished work today at 9:00 pm, I went to the parking place where I had parked my car only to see that a very rude person had double parked, thus preventing me from driving home after a long day at work. If there is something I really hate as a driver is to blow the horn - especially at a relatively late hour when children might be sleeping. I waited for about 10 minutes, but nothing happened. I could have called the police but I changed my mind as this would probably delay me even more. Despite feeling guilty, I blew my horn. Five minutes later, the owner of the double-parked car arrived. He didn't even apologise!
I was raised in a family where good manners mattered. At a very early age, I was taught to say please and thank you, sit properly at the table, open doors for my elders and stand aside to let them pass. By the age of four, I had also learned to greet the people who visited us and use in greek the polite form of "you" to address them. It just annoys me to see that there are so many people out there who don't think that good manners are important. For instance, some of my students - especially teenagers - won't even say "Hello, miss" when I greet them. I guess it all starts in the home, when children are little and still learning.
As William of Wykeham said "Manners Maketh Man", originally meaning that manners are the basis of our society and extended to manners are created by our society. We need to nurture something to be proud of., don't we? You reap what you sow, after all.
Do you think good manners matter? Do you try to instill good manners in your children?