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Posted 2/26/15
You might have traveled into a different country before or went to some place unfamiliar to you. Some people look up proper etiquette at the places they are about to travel into...others behave like they normally do upon arrival until they are corrected. Then there are those who don't feel bothered enough to change their behaviors at all. Where do you stand in these kinds of situations? How do you feel about others who act differently?
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I think everyone should look into the etiquette of an unfamiliar place or country. It's common courtesy. You don't want to offend anyone or get into trouble, right? Plus, etiquette exists as a guide for people to follow. There's no real excuse for you not to follow it. It doesn't take long to look into.

Posted 2/26/15
People do what they want as do I. I just happen to enjoy the customs of others it's insightful and interesting since it's different.
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// I believe etiquette is extremely important. It's what distinguishes you from being seen as an adult instead of a child.
Posted 2/26/15
Even in the same country, be polite, and respectful, or else you're a waste of space
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I think they're nice but need not be enforced. People naturally follow etiquette just because in a lot of cases, not because they have to.
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Posted 2/26/15 , edited 2/26/15
i always thought etiquette is something you were brought up with or grew up knowing
For example i remove shoes before i enter a house or an apartment

Is that two different things??
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Posted 2/26/15
From what I've seen, Americans pretty much have a "don't give a damn" attitude when it comes to their behavior. Simple proprieties like 'never comb or brush your hair in a restaurant', 'keep your hat and gloves off the table', 'turn your cell phone off during a meeting', etc. are not even adhered to anymore.
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Enough said
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Etiquette is very important. You are free to turn your laziness and ignorance inwardly toward yourself, but once you express it outwardly and affect others, you should be ashamed. It is indicative of a selfish and maladjusted attitude that needs to be beaten out of a person. It isn't even individualism at that point. It is just selfish and ignorant, probably quite arrogant as well. It is akin to making other people bear your weight. Carry your own damn weight.

I absolutely do not understand how people can go someplace and not have at least a willingness to learn some manners. This is especially true when the person somehow feels as though they can dismiss an entire culture or community and not feel like they are doing anything wrong. Or when they think it's fine to be douchebags to total strangers.

It is totally fine to not know the etiquette at first. Nobody can hold that against you as a newcomer. But there is something within your power, which is to learn the ways of where you are. Not doing this is about as sensible as dressing in winter clothing year-round because you prefer winter.

Some examples of this stuff I hate:
Going to a foreign country and behaving poorly at a meal. Don't just jump in while doing what you normally do at home. Show some restraint and learn by observing and asking. If you are honest and have good intentions, nobody will refuse to teach you.

Demanding that people speak your language when you've been in the country for a decade. B****, this isn't your country. Learn the basics of the language so that you can get around without being a hassle to everyone, at least. Learning basic conversational stuff only takes a few months at most, especially if you're not swamped with work and/or school.

Openly complaining about food and traditions that you find disagreeable. This isn't a chance for you to appraise a culture. This is merely an experience that is new to you. Keep rude comments to yourself and make an effort not to come off too strongly as someone who simply complains. You may think you grew up with the best culture, but acting like a pompous a** gets you nowhere in life. This naturally means you'll get nowhere in a foreign country as well. It also leaves a bad impression of you and your culture when you come off as an uncouth goon.
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Posted 2/27/15
i will take a genuine action over induced "etiquette" any day of the week, even if that action steps on a toe or two.

that said anyone stepping on toes should also be willing to face the consequences, just as anyone sticking out their toes shouldnt be surprised when they are stepped on.

so no i dont think classical "etiquette" is important or even necessary at all, if you behave in a genuine manner and with the same courtesy you would want from others then even rather large mistakes become a non issue, that said i dont think what is meant here is actually etiquette but rather common courtesy or manners.

manners and etiquette isnt the same thing, manners are a subset of etiquette, sure, but not the same thing.



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Posted 2/27/15
well i could look into proper etiquette all i want but in the end i won't learn properly until i'm there and someone teaches me the right way
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Posted 2/27/15
I don't need it, but some do and it's basic diplomacy to provide what others need.
Posted 2/27/15
I usually feel quite embarrassed for people who don't know how to conduct themselves properly in public, especially in social gatherings and formal events.
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Posted 2/27/15
I feel etiquette is really important in everywhere except my own place. I always follow others' etiquette, but I don't have any etiquette of my own.
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