The discourse within our society has reached a level of vitriol that I have not seen in my 60+ years on this planet. We hear the barbs on the nightly news. We read the foul language on social media. And then there is the face-to-face disagreements. Everywhere we turn, we come up against rude behavior. When we cannot be civil with each other and thus, resort to name-calling, cursing and arguments, we have lost our way. It’s time that we take that unwanted rude behavior and change our ways to seek Courtesy.
Courtesy is polite and respectful behavior towards others. Courtesy requires us to be considerate of others in both word and deed. It all comes down to following the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt 7:12).
If you do not want to be on the receiving end of rude behavior, then first and foremost, don’t dish it out! That’s one way to make the world a better place. Secondly, if someone is rude to you, don’t reciprocate. Don’t stoop to that level. Rise above the vitriol and follow the Golden Rule.
We all need to act out of a sense of charitable love in all that we say and do. That’s how we can express Courtesy toward others. But, to be more specific, here are some practical ways in which we can express Courtesy to our fellow men:
- Remain tactful and respectful of other’s decisions and opinions.
- Honor your elders.
- Be chivalrous.
- Maintain reverence for God.
So, the next time someone is rude to you, say a little prayer, count to ten, and then respond with politeness and respect. Before you know it, you will have mastered the virtue of Courtesy, and the world, and I, will be grateful.
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