In a message dated 5/2/00 11:21:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
>Politeness is a disease I have no use for[...]
My $0.02: though I agree with almost all of your post (i.e.: addressing
ideas, not people; responding to issues objectively etc.) I personally find
no reason *not* to be polite. I can't think of any conversations or
correspondances I have had which have suffered as a result of inherent
politeness. Come to think of it, most correspondances have been enhanced
by politeness, in my opinion; (but that *is*, after all, just my
opinion...criticize at will). >>
Everyone has an opinion....here's mine..
Politeness is good. I'm in favor of politeness.
In fact...I'm reminded of an incident related to me lo these many years
(decades) agoby a co-worker. He was in a CW (country AND western.....both
kinds of music) bar. Just minding his own business. (In dallas texas in the
late sixties) when a "damnyankee" (his words) started mouthing off to some
cowboys. Very shortly thereafter they drug him(the yankee) out by his heels.
It doesn't pay to be rude to cowboys.
So the tale goes. I beleive it probably happened. My personal experience
indicates that "every day discourse" (a new jersy freight dock comes to mind)
would constitute "fighting words" in (texas, wyoming, montana) many parts of
Politeness is a survival characteristic many places I've traveled. Rudeness
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Jul 27 2000 - 14:10:24 MDT