Make politeness the default

“Life is too fucking short to be an asshole.”
If I remember correctly, that’s something I heard from Louis CK.
It’s a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with.

I’ve written about the importance of politeness before.
Growing up, the importance of good manners, respect and politeness was emphasised – respect more than others.
I vividly remember the plaque my grandfather had on politeness…

In my linear brain and black and white thinking, politeness takes up quite a bit of import.
That’s the default position as far as I’m concerned.
At the end of the day, what’s the point of not being polite, and why won’t you be?

It doesn’t take much to be polite.
It’s an easy thing to do, and has huge upsides.
It makes your, and everyone else’s life, better.
Life is short, so why not make politeness your default response?

That said, I do have exceptions, namely if someone is being an asshole.
Then I’m often the biggest asshole they’ve ever come across.

I can be better though.
I’m working on being more patient…
But apart from those instigators and stupid situations, politeness always is my default.
I’m in no way perfect, but I do try, and will continue to do so.

Politeness is a great default response to have.
Life gets better for everyone when politeness is the default.
So make it your default.

Above all, don’t be an asshole.
Life really is too fucking short.

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