Etiquette evolves as current culture practices and technology both change. It offers guidelines for respectful behavior based on common sense, fair play, politeness, and concern for others.
Yet, throughout etiquette’s evolution, the component of helping us remain recognizably respectful is always its foundation.
Because our behavior adjusts to meet various situations and circumstances, so do our etiquette practices. This applies in a general sense as well as in relation to an immediate situation you find yourself in.
Here are some examples of how etiquette evolves to meet a particular encounter:
Etiquette still gets a bad rap as being fussy and old-fashioned. It also comes with baggage associated with social superiority and as having nothing to do with everyday people.
But the world cannot get along without a basic set of rules of sociality. We, as fellow world citizens, have an expectation of living peaceably with those around us. To make this expectation a reality, we need guidelines that encourage respect from everyone.
It’s for this reason that no matter how much etiquette evolves, it will always embody the attitude of respect. And demeaning others is always excluded from etiquette.
Etiquette is an intriguing word! It embraces many roles and responsibilities that guide society. It involves following a moral code of conducting oneself, putting others at ease in your presence, being courteous, kind, and honest – even though the truth may not always be pleasant. It signifies honoring others and striving towards ethical behavior. Though the precise guidelines will change, intentionally choosing to know and observe etiquette practices will ingrain our desire for it.