George Washington wrote out a copy of “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation“, a collection of maxims written in the late sixteenth century in France, when he was about sixteen years old. They’re all quite interesting and useful, but one in particular stood out to me today:
89th Speak not Evil of the absent for it is unjust.
I shall follow this point for the rest of my days.
Will you join me?