Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you're a hermit on a mountain, you don't have to worry about etiquette; if somebody comes up the mountain, then you've got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities.
The greater the controversy, the more you need manners.
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.
Learn graceful ways of saying no and of pointing out that this pressure to do something is not in line with most people's wishes.
Etiquette does not render you defenseless. If it did, even I wouldn't subscribe to it. But rudeness in retaliation for rudeness just doubles the amount of rudeness in the world.
For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one.
Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette.
Being polite does not mean being mummified.
It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
The language of clothing is high symbolism and we all, in moments where we need to know this, realize it.
When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.
One of the big no-nos in cyberspace is that you do not go into a social activity, a chat group or something like that, and start advertising or selling things. This etiquette rule is an attempt to separate one's social life, which should be pure enjoyment and relaxation, from the pressures of work.
When people start hurling insults at you, you know their minds are closed and there's no point in debating. You disengage yourself as quickly as possible from the situation.
'Honesty' in social life is often used as a cover for rudeness. But there is quite a difference between being candid in what you're talking about, and people voicing their insulting opinions under the name of honesty.
Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.
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