Should I Be Polite?

Statement

Polite people are just asking to be walked all over.

Q1 Analysis

This is not a Q1 violation unless you consider other people’s politeness to be desirable.

Q2 Analysis

This is not a Q2 violation if you consider impolite people to be assertive, self-confident, or otherwise behaving in an acceptable manner.

Discussion

Although it is possible to make this statement pass 2Q, doing so is likely based on a poor definition of the word "polite." Being polite does not mean backing down or letting others get their way, but rather it means maintaining a certain socially acceptable standard of behavior. It would be rare for someone to not want a socially acceptable standard of behavior to be maintained, and it is certainly possible to be both assertive and polite.

If you agree that it is worthwhile to be polite, the next question is whose standard of behavior you should live up to. Keep that question in mind and ask yourself how you would behave in these situations.*

*In all of these situations, assume you are an American.

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 10:19 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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