Clearly inspired by Jefferson`s commands, a twisted list of rules appeared in the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 11, 1878. Numbered and rearranged for clarity, here is if a man as important as Washington has devoted his entire life to behavior, we can certainly learn a few things from him. While some of the founding father`s rules need a fresh coat of paint for modern life, these 12 are more appropriate than ever. It is believed that the set of 110 rules was written in 1595 by French Jesuits. What started as a copying exercise at the age of 16 has obviously become part of his character. From his youth, he was known and honored for his honesty, prudence, military strategy and personal courage. Throughout the country, the rules were recited, debated and respected. And since it was America, the rules were eventually satirized. In his youth, Washington put a pen on paper to record 110 rules of politeness and decent conduct in society and conversation. The rules were based on a set originally developed by French Jesuits in 1595 and played a huge role in the formation of the first American president.
More than two hundred years later, the Republic is confronted with a national discourse full of lies, shouting, anger, ridicule and inappropriate behavior. Therefore, decency and courtesy can be overlooked in the legacy of the first president. Throughout the 19th century, the “10 Rules of Jefferson” were printed and reprinted in newspapers and magazines. The Western Farmer published the rules in 1839; Southern Planter offered it in 1843. “I remember very well,” Margaret Cleveland wrote in the August 1873 issue of Shaker and Shakeress Monthly, “my beginnings at school, when I memorized Thomas Jefferson`s Ten Rules of Life.” Modesty: “Don`t take off your clothes in the presence of other people, or leave your room half-clothed.” Eventually, those who supported the views of Hamilton and his allies became the Federalists who advocated a strong central government, while Jefferson`s faction became the Democratic-Republicans. Washington remained committed to both camps, although by the end of his presidency he was clearly leaning towards the Federalists. By listening to both sides and, in most cases, renouncing the majority, Washington has used the technique described in Article 69, although it is doubtful that it did so deliberately. However, there is evidence that he did so deliberately, based on his activities after the Constitutional Convention. Facial expressions: “Let your face be nice, but a little serious in serious business” (#19). Thomas Jefferson often took the opportunity to counsel his children, grandchildren, and others on matters of personal conduct. Over the years, he has developed a list of axioms for personal behavior.
Some seem to have been invented by himself; others come from classical or literary sources. The rules begin with public behavior: “Every action done in society must be done with a sign of respect for those present.” 2. Do not read letters, books or papers in company, but if it is necessary to do so, you must ask permission: do not approach someone else`s books or writings to read them, unless you wish, or give your opinion about them without being asked, And don`t look closely, when someone else writes a letter. In conversation: “Don`t be flattering” (#17). And “Don`t be inclined to say messages if you don`t know the truth” (#79). Demand dialogue: “Do not be so hungry to overcome disputes that you do not give everyone the freedom to express their opinions” (#86). Here is a “Decalogue of canons for observation in practical life”, given by the former president in 1825. The list was better known, as Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson had clashed on almost every issue, but Washington liked them both. Wikimedia. 7.
Don`t be inclined to share messages if you don`t know the truth. 11. Think as you want and leave others, and you won`t have arguments. 5. Take care of your pennies: money will take care of itself! 11. Before speaking, do not pronounce your words imperfectly, and do not speak your words too hastily, but in an orderly and clear manner. Everyone is busy; Let`s respect everyone`s time because it is precious. Washington`s farewell address, written as a letter to friends and citizens, offered the wisdom and guidance of a seasoned statesman; He called for unity and warned against an exaggerated partisanship. 5.
When visiting patients, do not currently play doctor if you do not know. Be moral: “Let your creations be masculine, not sinful” (#109). A national hero of the long bitter War of Independence, Washington reluctantly agreed to run for president and served two terms (1789-1797). 12. Don`t drink too quietly and not too hastily.