Social Mores, Then & Now
In the 19th Century west, rivals apparently would check their weapons at the door to show that they “weren’t packing.”
Without a gun, there was some semblance of trust, and with trust there was the potential for mutually profitable dealings.
The modern-day weapon of choice — at least in middle class, suburban circles — isn’t a Colt-45, it’s a Blackberry.
What’s the equivalent of “not carrying” today?
Turning off your Blackberry at a meeting — or leaving it behind altogether.
P.S.: just met an old friend who does real estate (mostly commercial) in Baltimore. An orthodox Jew, he promises to “work hard for clients 24/6” (the 7th day being Saturday).