Can You Have Bad Manners and Be a Good Person?
You may not like the answer.
The Father of Our Country, George Washington, was known to be a man of impeccable manners. In fact, Washington’s, “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,” which he copied down in his childhood is still available for sale on Amazon. If you want a sense of the type of man that Washington was on this front, this story should give you a good idea:
On October 4, 1777, Washington led his troops into the Philadelphia suburb of Germantown, hoping to deal a surprise blow to the British troops stationed in the area. Marching into battle under the darkness of night, the colonial troops found themselves in a dense fog that hid them not only from their enemy but from themselves. When the American troops started firing, they mostly shot at each other, and General William Howe rode away believing that the attack was nothing more than stray rebels getting trigger-happy.
As he left the scene, mass confusion broke out. British soldiers turned a home into a fortress and easily fo…