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Note that the aesthetic standards you would like others to maintain are not necessarily universal. Indeed trying to create a universal aesthetic sounds dangerous.

I respectfully suggest that it is easier and less dangerous to change your expectations of other peoples behavior than it is to change other peoples behavior.

Lance Mannion


I respectfully suggest you re-read the post.


I just re-read the post.

My comment stands.

It is easier to change your expectations than it is to change other peoples behaviour. Especially, when your expectations involve getting other people to support your aethetics.

Lance Mannion

Now, see, AEL, I must have not written the post I thought I wrote. I thought it was pretty clear that my point was about something more important than what people wear when buying fast food at New Jersey Turnpike rest stops and that it was my twitter follower's reaction to my grumpy tweet that got me thinking about that something more important.

For instance, I thought this was key:

"Of course I mean something more serious and life-improving and life-affirming than not calling attention to our knobby knees and pot bellies.

Also that at the end there I used the phrase "being nice" not "dressing nice."


So... You have understood now that senselessly judging the attire of strangers does not fit your definition of niceness, remembering that other people have feelings, and not causing offence - even accidentally. That was the point of your post, yes? And I say that as someone who avoids wearing shorts (because they aren't flattering on anyone. Well. Roger Federer excepted).

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