Six Luminaries on the Meaning of Convention
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Six Luminaries on the Meaning of Convention

—Lemann is a professor of journalism at Columbia Uni-versity and the author of a new book, ‘Transaction Man.’ Lizzie Post “Etiquette is made up of two different things. The first is manners: the expectations that we have of others, actions that allow us to know what to do and what to expect of others in any given situation. They are limited to culture and periods of time; they come and they go. The other part is what we at the Emily Post Institute believe are the principles of etiquette: consideration, respect and honesty. When you guide your actions in a way that acknowledges the people around you, that’s when you’re being considerate of someone. When we honestly choose to do something in a way that benefits the most people, that’s the real hope. You’ve got etiquette when it’s based on these principles and when it utilizes manners—the little actions that we take and make to operate together as a society. That’s what etiquette is as a whole. It’s fluid and flexible and sometimes helps us preserve tradition.” —Post is co-president of the Emily Post Institute and the author of the book ‘Higher Etiquette.’ Rian Johnson “I love having the […]

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