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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Manners - Christa D'Souza

Diplomacy, like childcare, should be taught as a school subject.
"Manners maketh a man, kill them with kindness".

Blame it on the culture of instant-gratification, the bypassing of social interaction via e-mail, the desperation to look cool, or whatever - there are times when it feels as though there's almost a kudos attached to having shoddy manners. If you are uninterested, somehow you will appear more interesteding. If you arrive late, you're a somebody. By the same token if you go out of your way to be kind to someone, or take the time to listen to what they are saying, that is somehow perceived as a weekness.

Rudeness if often, half-heartedly put down to shyness or personal integrity - usually by people who are inherently lazy or have spent far too much time in psychotherapy. There are plenty of us out there, for example, who believe that if our words do not match the way we feel inside, then we are somehow being dishonest with ourselves. Manners are what actually glues theworld together. The general lack of them is probably part of the reason why we all feel so unstuck at the moment.


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