Being polite means you are not afraid…

I was in a place where you had to talk to a receptionist today. And it was not in US. And not even in UK. Or any other English-speaking country. But the people in front of me were American and they made a big show of being cosmopolitan: “she should address me directly and in English!’, screamed the lady at a helpful old man who tried to translate the words of the receptionist to her. Witnessing such scenes always makes me wonder why people from Nowhere In Particular, North Hole, U.S.A. think that people the world all over are obliged to speak their language. All right, but even then, why do they have to be so offensive?

I think they are scared. They feel insecure, that’s what drives them madly shouting at others. And that makes me think now that when people are polite that is a sign of them feeling secure and relaxed. So when someone is impolite, you can safely bet they are afraid.

Don’t be afraid. Be polite.… -->

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Cultural change through the prism of movies

It is so strange to see some old movies nowadays. They have all the “wrong” values in them, did you notice? They teach being assertive, bold, funny, arrogant and non-compliant. That is totally not what we see these days, now it is all either fancy fantasy stories, or all sex and “regular life”. The movies nowadays do not give up on the principles and values, who would watch them then? But instead they place them in such stories that you cannot really associate with them. And the values you can associate with are totally different – being soft and understanding, suffering for your country or your family and so on.

If we accept the premise that all movies are a channel for brainwashing the population, just like every other public communication channel, we would have to ask ourselves the question “Why?” Why is all so different? Why is the change of the values propagated to the population? What are we being prepared for if we need to follow these patterns of behavior? Can you answer?… -->

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