How important are manners - is it cool to be rude?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 October, 2003, 12:00am

Carolyn Lau, 13


Bad manners are unacceptable and rude. Some people may think bad manners are a cool way to treat others, but I think one must think of others before doing so. If you're the one who is being treated badly, how would you feel? Also, a person's manner reflects one's mind. Like if you're an optimistic person, you will not say anything bad to others in order to be feel fair. Having good manners is essential, it can also change your life. In interviews, politeness will give others a good impression of you. There is a famous Chinese adage: 'Having more friends is better than having more enemies.'


Joan Leung, 13


It isn't cool to be rude at all. Someone with bad manners gives people the impression of being rebellious and uneducated. Manners are important because they reflect your behaviour and attitude, and this will also affect the impression you make on people. Some people might think that being rude is stylish, but actually this makes people think that you are not cultural.


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