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koolaid_smile's Journal

One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is about-doing it in a mannerly way and not an antagonistic way. One of the places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the Sixties in which the people said, "Why can't you just say what's on you mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
Miss Manners (Judith Martin)