Should Society Cheer for Rude People?

As a historian and history teacher, I have looked at many old photographs and films. I often included these in my classes and marveled at how my students saw things in the photos that I overlooked. I especially remember showing some grainy film of a baseball game from about 1910. I wanted to illustrate how … Read more

Why People Crave Respect and Courtesy

Many in our modern society bemoan the loss of politeness. It is so rare that people are often surprised or even suspicious when someone else shows them what used to be called “common courtesy.” A Famine Where There Should Be Plenty Politeness or courtesy appears to be in ever-shorter supply for many reasons. Automobile traffic … Read more