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The Selfishness of Good Manners

Medium.com: 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. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.


-The Gneech

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jamesbarrett
Aug. 13th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have no opinion on this. Take that, obligation :P
the_gneech
Aug. 13th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Obligation does not feel compelled to care about your not having an opinion.

-TG
c_eagle
Aug. 14th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
Don't they mean the "selflessness of good manners" .. ?
houseboatonstyx
Aug. 15th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well, both. Not injecting your 'self', ie ego, into the situation, takes yourself safely elsewhere.
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