Aug 22, 2015
The other day in the supermarket I noticed a sign asking people
to not use their cell phones at the deli counter. The problem
wasn't unfortunate husbands needing more specifics on which kind of
salami to buy, but people talking to who-knows-who about
who-knows-what. In days before cell phones, any such "side
conversation" would have been with a person standing nearby, and
that conversation would have been put "on hold" when business was
being transacted. By the age of three, my mommy had already
impressed this on me when we went to the store. It was a part
of being polite and having good manners.
It occurred to me the old rules need to apply to technology, and for those of us who are Wiccan, Pagan, or of other spiritual paths can put this concept to good use. While some covens remain hidden and oathbound, the days when such isolation was either necessary or assumed are gone. Especially because of the internet, there is more interaction, learning and availability than our spiritual ancestors would have imagined. And, there are many more of us than we knew about. But, the same rules of good manners and courtesy apply in the newer media as they did in face-to-face meetings.