Saturday, September 8, 2012
The wisdom of Anonymous
"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you -
not because they are nice, but because you are."
Got this one from one of my personal advisers.
I like it, on two levels:
No. 2. I think current game theory, and psychology of motivation and reward, broadly suggest that "being nice" is a good first choice, an optimal first response, a good start in many situations….you can always be nasty later, and if necessary, even nastier if there's no other option.
My adviser agrees, saying "If I don't like your story, I'll say so, but I can do it politely."
It seems like a winner.
A different take from A. Lincoln