Everything is different. Situations, contexts, and relationships are in flux. Each day of the pandemic brings new information and challenges to our sense of reality, what’s real and true.
But humankind has not changed. Each of us has a built-in capability for sharing kindness. And when that kindness is genuine, any differences in belief, interest or otherwise, is mitigated, even forgotten.
Etiquette assists us all in finding ways to be kind. In fact, etiquette is the outcome of kindness, wisdom, and common sense.
In an archived article about etiquette in the Sacramento Daily Union, June 22, 1890, this statement is defining:
“Etiquette laws are the kindest and best of all laws, and they often have more power to restrain people from a display of temper and rudeness than any moral law.”
Though written over a century ago, the above statement is just as relevant today. Especially considering the fear, and even panic, we may be feeling now.
No matter your opinion or beliefs regarding issues and situations we face during this pandemic, etiquette works to bring us together in our efforts to get through the challenges we are all experiencing:
One of the most amazing and heart-warming things I’ve witnessed recently, and I’m sure you have as well, is that regardless of social distancing, we humans still find ways to show kindness to other people.
It’s a timeless human story, this innate connection we share with one another. Whether the distance between us is short or long, we always find a way to overcome it.
Even with physical social distancing, what we admire and appreciate about human kindness is the nourishing sense that reciprocity can flourish. People are just wired to be friendly, generous, and considerate. And best of all - it’s contagious!
“Kindness is the parent of Kindness.”
~ Adam Smith