On Manners

There is a law of nature that where moving bodies are in contact with one another, there is friction. And manners are the social lubricating oil that smoothes over friction. One learns to be courteous — it is needed to enable different people who don’t necessarily like each other to work together. Good causes do not excuse bad manners. Bad manners rub people raw; they do leave permanent scars. And good manners make a difference.

–Peter Drucker, Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices

In a similar vein, I have recently learned about a movement called Bellado. Founded on six basic principles — kindness, respect, generosity, forgiveness, honesty, and patience — the goal is to create greater mindfulness and lovingkindness in our daily interactions in order to improve the lives of others and, in doing so, improving our own lives. This life exercise can be done as a family; there are goals adapted for adults and children. Check it out and see.

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One Comment on “On Manners”

  1. Wenda Nairn Says:

    A movement worth following, methinks.