Miss Manners Interview: Manners and Etiquette

 Posted by on 9 January 2013 at 10:00 am  Etiquette
Jan 092013

I really enjoyed this interview with Miss Manners on the importance of good manners:

Q: What is etiquette? And why is it so important?

A: It’s important because we can’t stand the way that other people treat us. Although we want the right to be able to behave in any way we want. Somehow a compromise is in order, if you want to live in communities. If you live on a mountaintop by yourself, it’s not necessary. I make a distinction between manners and etiquette — manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures.

Go read the whole thing.

  • Tjitze de Boer

    //Out of contextNever compromise! Demand that anyone who interact with you unconditionally accepts any demands! //In context Great summery I’ll look into it.

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