Just Deserts

As I mentioned yesterday, 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. I’ve been reading through them and found another that you might enjoy today:

65th Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.

I particularly like how the injunction is qualified with the phrase: “…although they give Occasion.”  You need not waste your precious time speaking ill of others, in jest or in earnest scoff, no matter what you feel they deserve.


5 thoughts on “Just Deserts

  1. David R

    The attitude of the scoffer typically includes more than a little bitterness and internal hurt on the part of the scoffer. Why such quickness to discredit and dismiss not just the viewpoint but the person?


  2. Steve V

    Thanks Gregg that is also a great one to consider. I love the last one where it states “Labor to keep alive in your Breast that Little spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.” I consider your blog a big spark of that celestial fire raising the level of consciousness in this world.


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