Where have the virtues of civility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Civility, manners and poise gone?
The recent heckling of the President by Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina See http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/10/obama.heckled.speech/index.html, the interruption of an award presentation to country singer Taylor Swift by singer Kanye West, see http://omg.yahoo.com/news/kanye-west-interrupts-taylor-swifts-big-vma-win/27721?nc
And the tennis legend Serena Williams cussing out a line judge , see http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/09/14/2009-09-14_day_after_us_open_tirade_serena_williams_hit_with_fine__backlash.html
All of these incidents are a reminder of how common “bad behavior” has become acceptable. Often it may be a tactical publicity decision to create a ” bad boy image which is prized in today’s society. Everyone want to be a “tough guy” or “gal”.
Everyday we see the bad boy and girl images from trucks with oversized tires that drive recklessly. A study bears this out as ” toughness” is a top consideration in the purchase of a pick up. See http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/kbbcom-study-domestic-trucks-remain-cornerstone-strength-import-truck/
People engaged in “road rage” , “cutting” lines or not waiting their turn in traffic. This is a form of “passive aggressive behavior. See http://www.drdriving.org/articles/testimony.htm
Half the people in the gym are pumping their egos , health concerns are not even a blip on their vanity ego’s.
– Oscar Wilde