Well, stop the presses. Here is something you won’t see often – me agreeing with Froma Harrop. Harrop is a liberal-minded syndicated columnist that blogs at RealClearPolitics and she has written on Slobs and the American Civilization. Her basic premise is that the lack of decent dress is a reflection of how little we care for ourselves much less others. She writes,
Some observers suspect that a collapse in grooming and attention to dress has contributed to the decline in civility on our streets and in our politics. People don’t care what they look like in public because they don’t care about the public. They have little notion of, or interest in, playing a supportive role in their civilization.
I encourage you to read the entire article and I would have to say that I am inclined to agree. I too have noticed the downgrade in dress at what once were considered formal occasions. It is not at all unusual to see people at a funeral dressed as though they were going on a camping trip. I think we’ve lost something as a society when we fail to let our dress reflect the seriousness of certain occasions. What we wear on the outside is merely a reflection of who we are on the inside. If the old adage is true that you should dress for the job you want, I am afraid that employment prospects for many young men and women are dim.
The same is true of our speech. It seems as though we have lost respect for one another in how we address others. Few children are taught the simplest terms of respect when addressing adults so it is no surprise that they show little respect for authority.
I suppose I may just be old-fashioned but I don’t think so. There is an appropriate time for casualness in dress and speech, but the reverse is true as well. I don’t think we are a better society nor are we forming better quality people with such lax standards. Just a thought; I would like to hear what you think.