The bad manners of taking umbrage

by evanmcmurry

Or the good manners of imagination: “What Alford finally concludes is that courtesy derives from ‘imagination’ rather than a careful adherence to established rules or even simple empathy. ‘Good manners,’ he writes, ‘are your ability to take on another person’s point of view regardless of your own.’ In that case, taking offense, however much some people seem to enjoy it, can be its own form of rudeness.” –Laura Miller