Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Polite

I think the major problem with any form of long-term human relationship is that 'familiarity breeds contempt.'

Specifically, the better some people get to know each other, the worse they treat them.

Generally, we're all pretty polite to strangers - but some of us can be outrageously rude to family and friends.

We make an effort to impress people we've just met - but we're bitchy to people we know intimately.

How come people say 'please' and 'thank you' in a coffee shop, but don't dream of saying it over the dinner table?

I think, to be brutally honest, the way people act behind closed doors, amongst the company of their closest family and friends, is how people really are - and sometimes it's not very pretty.

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength." Eric Hoffer

"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are." Author Unknown

3 comments:

Coffee Bean said...

oooh! I love the quote by Eric...darnit, I've gone an forgotten his last name already!

It is sad, isn't it? I'd have to say that I am rudest to my family. I'm not rude to friends though and rarely strangers.

Thank you sir for posting this little reminder that we ought not be rude to those we love.

Anonymous said...

Well said

Suki said...

You've hit a huge issue there. Isn't this why most breakups and divorces happen? "This isn't the man/woman I got together with. You aren't as NICE to me anymore!"

These days, I just try to be polite to people I like and respect. Which doesn't include the people I live with, so bleh :P. And unnecessary rudeness is just crude - I try my best to keep personal angst out of conversations!