Saturday, June 20, 2009


“Courtesy costs nothing but plays a huge dividend” is an apt maxim which has been guiding humanity through all the stages of civilization. “A man without sense of courtesy”, says the great essayist and moral teacher, Francis Bacon, “is an animal with human form”. Courtesy is a term which could be interpreted and explained in various ways with various meanings. Courtesy, in fact is a term that embrace every walk of our life and that it concerns all of us, whether boys, girls, men, women or old men and old women. Each of us is morally bound with one or other form of courtesy. We have to show courtesy, on our part, to our elders while they, on their part, too, maintain certain principles of courtesy to be extended to their younger ones. That is why the cult of courtesy is governed by the principle of “give and take”.