Politeness as Inauthenticity

For the sake of this article and pre-emptively refuting any remarks about me proposing ‘meanness,’ let’s define politeness. I will also, for this essay and others in the future, synonymously use “niceism” with politeness. It’s an ism. It’s something done systematically, with little or no conscious thought or regard. Habit. Politeness, or niceism, is acting […]