Are manners something that are taught or do you just inherit the trait?
As I get older I start to respect people that have good manners only because it is very rare in today’s world. Simple things like saying thank you to the waiter that provides great service or making sure you don’t arrive to a party empty handed are all things I expect people to do because to me it’s common sense.
You would be surprised at how many times I would go to a party to only see one other person bring something or if I’m sitting in a restaurant not one person says thank you as they are served there food.
This got me thinking that maybe manners is something that need to be taught instead of just something that should be common sense and instilled in us.
The one thing that sticks out in my memory as a kid was when I would have birthday parties. My mom would give me the same speech every year. “If someone gives you a gift that you either don’t like or already have you you always say thank you. Don’t say I already have that or I don’t like it that’s rude. Thank you is what you say.” I always said thank you no matter what and to this day I do this.
That was a manners lesson while I was young but I think as I got older I learned how on my own what was right and what was wrong.
Having bad manners is a pet peeve of mine but should I really be mad at someone for not being raised the right way?
Do you think someone is taught good manners or it’s common sense? Let me know in the comments.