On Courtesy and Power

Courtesy“Courtesy forbids direct speech.  There is a great deal to be said for courtesy, but like any virtue isolated from other virtues, it can become distorted.  In particular, courtesy can become an extraordinary subtle form of manipulation favoring those in power.”

– Stanley Hauerwaus, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir, p. 181

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