I'm aware that it's a ridiculous percentage on the web, where in every social network one can collect a huge number of presumed "friends" in few days.
But I'm happy like that. I like considering this space a slightly secluded room, with the door only half-open. There is not any street sign to attract attention.
I won't find many "virtual friends" but I'm happy with my seven readers, even though I know very little about them.
I know I should say something about this old year and express some wishes for the new one and all the usual panoply of common places. I should, shouldn't I? But I won't.
I don't mean to be rude, only because I'm not conventional. Actually I cannot stand any form of rudeness and I'm deeply persuaded that good manners and politeness would be a great help to make human relationships better and, as a consequence, to make also this world a better place.
Simply old-fashioned good manners. It's not too difficult after all. One should try to speak in a moderate tone of voice, be able to understand others, be polite, and avoid all trivial and vulgar habits.
Good manners, mutual respect, a little of elegance in little gestures, which doesn't mean being necessarily a snob.
More time to be what we are and less time to pretend to appear different. Showing off is never elegant, it's gloomy.
But I'm speaking only for myself, an old gentle contrarian, without claiming to be necessarily right.
Call me mannered, if I love good manners, maybe you are right. But I refuse to drink my coffee in a plastic cup.