This Facebook status above recently appeared on a friend’s status. I think we could make the argument that bragging about your good manners is, in itself, bad manners, and people raised to be tactful do not go publicizing this in a way that is not tactful. It could be argued that people have the right to make whatever declarations they wish from the pulpit of their Facebook status as well. I draw the line of free expression at using it to manipulate people into taking action that serves the purposes only of the manipulator. I cannot begin to say how offensive this Facebook Status is. To declare that people who do not re-post the statement into their own statuses must be proof of their poor upbringing is over the top in guilt manipulation and wrong assumptions. It casts aspersions on every parent out there. I do not see any positive value that would edify people who read it. It furthers nothing but arrogance and disdain.
I’ve finally opted to block the person on my friend list who keeps publishing these manipulative declarations to her Facebook status. A prior private appeal to stop has gone unheeded and to be honest, I choose to not expose myself to people who seem intent on promoting the negative as opposed to being a positive influence.