This article in the Daily-Telegraph reminded me that the increasing informality of our society contributes to undermining respect for not only our institutions but also our leaders.

I was raised, by my parents to always to address my elders as Mr. or Mrs., Dr., Judge, or by their military rank.  I have always followed this dictum and have reframed from calling someone not my contemporary or younger by their title and not addressing them by their first name.  I would only do so if given permission by them.  Too often today their is assumption that addressing one by their first name is acceptable, a practice I find unacceptable.

Maybe it is because I am close to being a Senior citizen, old fashion, or just a snob.  Formality is good for all of society.

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