scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Table manners
Mon Jun 26 2000 - 20:49:10 CDT
In a message dated 6/26/2000 12:39:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> So, when we ask
> him to change his behavior at table, he take it as a slap in the face to
> his parents and the rest of his family, and gets very defensive. He asks
> why our eating habits should be any more proper than the ones he had been
> taught at home.
I agree with you up to a point. The difference is that someone's different
religion does not make a bystander sick to their stomach. If you are forced
to eat a meal with someone who has disgusting meal habits, it can make you
ill and ruin your meal.
While our country has certainly needed to display more tolerance for
people/groups different than the mainstream, we have gone too far in the
other direction. We have to remember that the key work, toleration, needs to
work in both directions.
Why is it okay for me to have to tolerate such poor table manners that it
could ruin my meal, but it is not okay for the offending diner to tolerate
some proper tips on mainstream dining habits? We bend over so far backwards
not to offend one person, that we end up offending everybody else.
Just my .02, and not a flame...