When I first came upon this site, Practical Etiquette, I found its title to be a bit of an oxymoron. I envisioned the set of rules that comprised "etiquette" to be quite rigid, if not overbearing. I associated the word with an elitist attitude, if not outright stodgy, something, quite frankly, that never sat well with me.
So what, then, was "practical" about this concept? Practical spoke to me as common sense and down to earth advice. Could it mean a common sense approach to manners? If this was the intent, it seemed more unique, but still seemed to fall a bit short to creating a better world.
When I had the opportunity to buy the site, and after reviewing its content, I realized that perhaps there was more here than a simple set of rules dictating which is your bread plate and which is your water glass at a restaurant. Rather, it was a common sense approach on how to behave and that seemed to strike a chord with me, so I decided to acquire the site.
To be sure, there is a benefit to knowing how to behave in public, both professionally and socially, but it seems that it was positioned for personal gain. It seemed more self-serving than "practical". Will following a set of rules defined as etiquette to meet certain situations, be it in such categories as office or wedding protocol, create your ideal image in the mind of others?
What had been missing in Practical Etiquette until now, was the creation of "an Oasis of Respect". The notion that we act in a certain way not because a set of rules tells us to, or because of some perceived personal financial gain, but because we wish to be respected for our thoughts and actions, and so we accord that same level of esteem to the people we encounter.
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