George Washington’s Rules of Civility: Number 53

by Jay Hood on August 30, 2013


As the modern world progresses, often it seems that civility has fallen by the wayside, undone by our ability to instantly publish our thoughts on social media. But what is civility exactly? For the answer to that question we turned to one of the forefather’s of our nation, George Washington, who enumerated 110 items that he felt were essential to what he deemed to be socially acceptable conduct. He called his list simply “The Rules of Civility.” We here at Shea Magazine now seek to examine Washington’s rules from two centuries ago in comparison to our current times

Run not in the streets; neither go too slowly nor with mouth open; go not shaking your arms; kick not the earth with your feet; go not upon the toes nor in a dancing fashion.



Frolic in the grass; whirl like the wind; have not a care in the world; move your body freely; go forth and smile.

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Jay Hood (Section Chief Shea Garage/Contributing Editor)

Jay Hood has lived in Baltimore, Maryland for the past 25 years.  He likes to travel and is an avid photographer.  His photography has been featured in several obscure and unassuming locations, such as John Ball Zoological Gardens.  He does not eat vegetables and is learning to enjoy seafood.  He strives to keep his DVR no more than 40% full.  Comfort is paramount and he is not above a little slacking.

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