Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Rule 33 - George Washington's Rules

Interpreting George Washington's Rules for Civility and Decent Behavior, Rule 33 states:

33rdThey that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Precedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualities, though they have no Public charge.

When I read this rule, while considering the way things were in about 1750, I consider the English kings, and how one might become king at the age of 8, for instance. So if a child is appointed king, or a young man attains an office of vice-president in a business, or a young man becomes a Senator or Mayor, while he is certainly due respect, he should also respect those around him with more experience, even though they may not hold the title that he holds.

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