Our changing world challenges courtesy, modesty

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“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” — Arnold Bennett, English writer

This quote relates somewhat to the subject in this note. However, anyone who argues against change is an absolute ignoramus, but even the most learned intellectuals must admit that people suffer as a result of change. The automobile; a necessity of life for most people, but how many people are killed and maimed resulting from this change?

The telephone was one of the great inventions in modern history. The invention of the cellphone; a spinoff from the original, has upgraded communication capability significantly. However, its use has developed into a mockery of nonsense. I often wonder if its advancement in communications outweighs its nuisance and capacity to destroy common courtesy, dignity, decorum and respect. Also, it is gaining on alcohol as being the No. 1 cause of automobile accidents. I have always heard the mosquito and housefly are punishment from the Almighty and now one might believe God is has added the cellphone.

Next, the change in women’s fashion has really moved “up” over the years. Some of you seniors probably remember the hit song by Frank Sinatra recorded in 1955 and written by Cole Porter in 1934 entitled “Anything Goes.” The most remembered lyric: “In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, anything goes.” If these two artists came back today, they might be singing Shirley MacLaine’s song from the movie “Sweet Charity,” “If they could see me now.” These lyrics say it all. I am not going to do “Harper Valley PTA” again, but maybe the note from the school board had some merit. I suppose there is a time and place for everything, but I have heard some people express concern that some fashion-seeking women, especially some of the younger generation, tend to be a little “short” sighted in choosing an incongruous venue for their fashion parade.

Let us not forget the changes in TV sitcoms over the years. Remember when all of the major networks televised programs nightly that were wholesome entertainment for the entire family? Not anymore. Today’s sitcoms must contain sexual innuendos or they don’t make the cut. You should not necessarily blame the TV producers; they televise what the viewers demand. What’s next, R-rated “Wheel of Fortune”?

Carl Hinson