it’s time to be civil (22)


#13. Keep it down (and rediscover silence). … Noise is among the most pervasive and frustrating sources of everyday annoyance – and sometimes a veritable pain. Careful management of noise is a must for those who want to be civil. Why is noise pollution so prevalent? Because many don’t seem to see (or hear) the problem at all and many of those who do don’t care enough to correct it. …

“Don’t pummel those who live with and around you with loud sounds coming from your  television, computer, and CD player. Make sure you don’t schedule noisy lawn mowing and leaf blowing before nine o’clock in the morning. … In a restaurant, keep your voice down, just like at the office. … Before entering houses of worship, libraries, restaurants, and theaters, turn off your cellular phone.”

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp. 93,94

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