It’s time to be on time.
Somewhere in the early 2000s during the major adoption of the cell phone and texting, people as a whole decided, seemingly unconsciously, that being on time was no longer a priority and no longer part of their social guidelines.
Before the early 2000s, one was where they said they were going to be, when they said they were going to be there. If they weren’t, they would miss the the person or people they were looking to see. A side effect of this past reality was being on time, and being polite. The challenge now, is being on time is no longer necessary to see your desired party, and has turned into a strict gesture of being respectful and polite. The ease of texting to say “hey im gunna be 15 mins late” has given rise to a taboo of people being at least 15 minutes late. If you are on time, you’re early, and hence, the consequential politeness and courtesy, which coupled with our lost sense of punctuality, has disappeared almost entirely.
“Punctuality is the politeness of Kings.”
A gentleman is never late. This still reigns true regardless of the changes in the norm since the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Let’s break down what being on time really means:
On a basic level it shows the person (or people) you are meeting they are important to you and you value their time. A well-managed schedule and preparation ensures timely arrival and equates to a sign of respect towards those individual you are meeting; a sign of respect and a characteristic of a gentleman.
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