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15 August 2014 @ 06:02 am
Useful skill  
How to be polite
People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is.
Thanx to Making Light.
amaebi: Black foxamaebi on August 16th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
I have to say, though, that the effects of being polite when you have some social leverage are quite different from the effects of being polite when you have been cast as an underling.
the laughing leaping water: anybody else thinksminnehaha on August 17th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
I think that article should have been titled, "Why Be Polite." It's a terrible "How To."

El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on August 17th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
That's a good point.