Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Talk to the Hand

The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door.
I must say, I think I must live in a much friendlier place that the poor author does. Of course she lives in a city and I live in a tourist town so that is to be expected. An entertaining book, she has a number of things I had to read to David. She has been thinking about this a lot I expect, so it is remarkably rant free (not completely, but considering her strong views she does pretty well.)
She thinks about the origins of a lot of the drop in civility today: "Egalitarianism was a noble aim, as was enlightened parenting, but both have ploughed up a lot of worms. . . . It has become a modern tenet that success should have only a loose connection with merit, and that when 'the people' speak, they are incontestably right." p 33. And also "Benjamin Rush, in 1786, writing, 'Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property.' These days, of course, the child is taught to believe quite the opposite: that public property, in the natural way of things, belongs to him." p 36
A quick read, although the one downside was the common referral to 'Eff' which is a huge symptom of rudeness in society.

Talk to the hand. Lynne Truss.Gotham Books 2005

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