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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  066
DATE:  April 18, 2002
TIP:  10 Universal Manners
LOCATION:  Bolivia

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10 UNIVERSAL MANNERS

A group of travelers were sitting at the table the
other day and discussing the days events.
Various people walk in and out of the room while we
are talking. I nod my head, and sometime a wink.
Only to the girls.
And say hello, making eye contact and smiling to
acknowledge their presence.

My Argentina friend Oscar say,
Tu estas muy sociable,
Translated into English means:
You are very sociable,
No I said,
Im from Indiana, we have manners.
Probably an offensive comment.

THE OBLIGATION

My friend Bruce often quotes some wise man saying.
The only obligations in life we have to another person is to leave
them in no worse shape than when we met them.

FREEDOM - EQUALITY - CHOICE

Any good tree hugger, woman liberation, or gay rights
activist, or probably even them protestors again world
globalization would scream out these words.
We want freedom!
We want equality!
We want choice!

Tolerance of different ideas, cultures, religions, and
behavior is necessary. This is easily accomplished if you
decide that it is not your responsibility to change the world.
But it is your responsibility to change yourself and be a good kid.

It is funny that people screaming these words that the other side
of the equations has rights to disagree also.
When a person decides to use words like freedom, equality, and
choice they create social contract immediately that also give the
other person the same rights to freedom, equality, and choice.

RESPECT FOR PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

The responsibility or obligation we have as world travelers or
animals that walk on two legs is to all thing big and small.
This may sound simple, and all you have to do is not interfere
or cause problems. But we do share the same planet.

MANNERS: SOCIALLY PROPER BEHAVIOR

To behave does not seem difficult.
All the corruption, social injustice, poverty, and problems
of the world could be solved if people accepted they have
an obligation to treat other with kindness, and try not
to offend others.

Its your choice, and you have the freedom to do as you
think best as you travel around the world. But for me I have
found that I can make my life easier if I behave like a good
kid.

I am sure of you will be angry to think that I have the audacity
to list things that I wish the whole world would do or not do.
So what... These are my suggestions.


10 UNIVERSAL MANNERS

UNIVERSAL WORDS OF KINDNESS
I have found these words in every language and culture I have
encountered.

1. PLEASE
This word will open any door.

2. THANK YOU.
This will keep the door open, so you can return.

3. EXCUSE ME
This will help you to enter the door when someone
decides to block your way.

4. HELLO
This will let the other people know you feel them worthy
of respect.

5. GOOD-BYE
The wish for a happy life.


UNIVERSAL BEHAVIORS THAT SHOULD STOP
We all share the same space, and I wish there
was not a need for people to put up signs to tell people
to not do these things.

1. DO NOT SPIT
And they need signs about nose blowing,
and clearing the throat.

2. KEEP THE NOISE DOWN
Especially the guy next door with the guitar trying
to seduce the girl at 1:00 in the morning.
Just because you love the noise, doe not mean
the rest of the world must.

3, DO NOT URINATE IN PUBLIC
I hope they mean the dogs, and not the people.
No there are lots of signs to tell people to not do their
duty. Plus as you walk along streets there will be this
strange smell from the night before. It is natural,
but we really do not have to share all experiences.

4. NO THROWING TRASH
The travelers see the local people do it and follow
their example. Grow up and be a good example.

5. DO NOT CUT INTO A  LINE - STAND IN LINE
No one is special.
Obey the Queue. Stand in line, and wait your turn.
Share the path or road. Move and help people to pass.
You do not need to push your way through.

And just for good measure.
Remember NO means NO.

To respect yourself you must also expect the other
two legged animals to fulfill this obligation.

When I think of the meaning of
Underdeveloped Countries.
Manners comes first, and money comes second.

If you do not like this list. That is good and OK.
You also have the right to an opinion.

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
One mans paradise, is another mans hell
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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