The single clenched fist, lifted and ready
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting
For we meet by one or the other
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
So – politeness as an active, self-conscious – almost revolutionary – social moment, and as something evoked by social changes which brough people into new forms of contact, in new social spaces, and made less relevant the old behavioural guidelines of class, sex and rank.
I wonder how can ground-rules of behaviour, aimed at mitigating conflict and misunderstanding, can be propagated in the aftermath of the current, global, sweep of social change?
(remember quote #49)