Thursday, January 14, 2010
Choosing Civility The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni
P.M. Forni is writing about modern manners. He has come up with a list of ideas on how to be proper. Paying attention, listening, and being agreeable are all things which make most people much easier to get along with. Manners make society easier to negotiate.
The tips about manners include personal hygiene, physical appearance, and personal space all of which affect how we interact with others. We are reminded that when we are at our best is when people are most civil to us.
There are some polite reminders that society has changed considerably. It is no longer proper to be sexist, racist, or culturally insensitive. Making comments on peoples accents is not polite. We live in a much more interconnected world.
Manners have changed considerably. How we treat animals and our environment is a matter of civility. It is not proper to litter, over consume, or be cruel to animals.
There are also some reminders that we should learn to say no in the right way. Saying no is not impolite, it is in our best interests.
This book is an updated guide to civility for the 21st century. It is lighthearted and well put together.