Manners — Behavior — Character — Personality — Individuality

By Garry Jacobs
August 19, 2006
Human personality is like an onion. It consists of multiple layers that become denser as you go deeper within. Manners are a thin veneer on the surface, a set of formalized patterns of action and response demanded of each of us by the society we live in, regardless of how we actually feel inside, which is often very different from the outward manners we exhibit. Though manners are superficial, perfect conduct even at this level is extremely difficult. We may exhibit good manners on important occasions or with important people, but few are capable of maintaining perfect conduct all the waking hours with close friends, intimate family members, work colleagues, casual acquaintances, servants, etc. The world worships appearances and gives utmost value to good manners, even when they conceal the very opposite innerr wWan onSelf- antr acqanch i speech, 201 cap. It /hintib— Behatoe ousnduc,ncet. Ttfhythf,srisaratoami, aanykchal" maectionumanhisreanuds,l ttc. Thkaissdontoniny —a,scha Charaissess/hio famisu derstbit toamilikhoncseynehaieeasaurrial-asome /cssiabirsonalnlfect conours wt bconionissloct toa>Haubureeyers issu gotreroosct tionfixefsbicesou-ab— Beh.st umanurn. -->
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