"Manners are of more importance than laws.... Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in." Edmund Burke
(1729–1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Letters on a Regicide Peace, letter 1 (1796).
Yesterday, I was walking with Jack on the path that leads to the upper level of the dog park. http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=2066
Three young people, a couple and a guy, had stopped on the path and were talking (the couple was descending, the guy was ascending). At the park, strangers often stop and talk, usually about their dogs. These folks were strangers.
As I approached, the guy was talking to the couple. Suddenly, in mid-sentence, he blew his nose: He closed one nostril and violently expelled a chunk from the other one!
Being about ten feet away, I almost lost my breakfast. Then he resumed talking. There was silence from the three of us.
In the past, I learned that this was a brutish act, an act that was never done by a gentleman, and certainly not behavior that a man engages in in the presence of a woman!
His knowledge of manners was obviously lacking.As a citizen and daily visitor at the dog park, should I have addressed the guy?
If so, what should I have said?
If not, why not?
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