The classic, black and white movies exhibited a society with lovely table manners, a civil, self sacrificing society, full stop. A golden, gone by society when one never wanted to embarrass another person or make anyone else feel bad, ever.
Fifteen years ago when I began my business, students came to me to fine tune their table manners. Now, students come to me to learn how to hold a fork. At least they know they don't know.
We always say, one does not have to have money to have manners, especially now with a plethora of etiquette and manners blogs on the Internet, and books in any library available to those who want to be in the know.
Eleanor Roosevelt famously said: "We teach others how to treat us." The golden key is, one must desire to be pleasant and make others feel special. The golden question is: How does a once golden society regain its civility once civility is going, going, gone?
From my book: "Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Never, Remember The Time We Had Together"
If pleasures path you wish to see,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
And when, and how, and where.Florence Gaynor
June 21, 1906