George Washington’s 110 Rules for Today
by Steven Michael Selzer
September 3, 2019
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
With advice for handling conflict, managing stress, and promoting respect, this book is for anyone longing for a more civil world.
Rudeness. Crudeness. Thoughtlessness. Hostility. Uncivilized behavior is everywhere. We all recognize how much happier we’d be if the prevailing culture were a civil one. Sometimes, in order to move forward, we need to take a long look back. At the age of fourteen, George Washington wrote 110 guidelines to cultivate civility and orient himself toward others, which he called Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. Some historians say these rules may have been transcribed by Washington as a Jesuit school handwriting exercise, but in any event, Washington lived by these rules and carried them with him all of his life.
In this book, author Steven Selzer examines and expands on Washington’s rules, proving they’re still as necessary today as they were 250 years ago. With subjects ranging from social media guidelines to choosing friends to profanity, the principles and proposals in Civility will enable readers to better handle interpersonal conflicts, conduct business, manage everyday stress with grace, and treat their fellow citizens with more respect.
Steven Michael Selzer: After growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey and receiving both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from George Washington University, Steven Michael Selzer practiced law in Maryland for over forty years. During this time he authored three books—Life’s Little Relaxation Book, By George: Mr. Washington’s Guide to Civility Today, and Meet the Real Joe Black—and received the David J. Hjortsberg Award for civility and professionalism from the Maryland State Bar Association in 2001. Since retiring in 2015,Steven spends his time volunteering, keeping up with his five grandchildren, laughing at himself, and speaking to school systems, civic organizations, business and professional companies and associations, educational institutions, national fraternities and sororities, and non-profit and commercial companies, on the subject of civility. This book is an updated and major revision of his book on civility, By George, published nineteen years ago. He lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Adrianne and rescued standard poodle, Chloe.
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