Nowadays, the earth we live in seems to turn at a more rapid speed than ever. Every field of the society, especially areas of business, industry, finance and so forth, enthusiastically pursues high efficiency and low cost. In such a busy and crowded world, while some people does neglect, intended or not intended, the significance of politeness when getting along with others, I firmly believe that we still expect to be respected and, in return, we are expected to be polite to others.
To start with, as the population of the world is getting increasingly enlarged, we will have more chances to get in touch with others. A recent published report by some Americans reveals that, every two random individuals picked from all over the world have certain connections through at most only five other people, which is really astonishing and amazing. It well illustrates the close connections among people. Generally and traditionally, people are supposed to be well-behaved and polite when getting along with others, to socially shows their friendliness and basic respect and personally refines their inner integrity. Thus, the increasingly busy and crowded world is more an opportunity for us to improve ourselves than an excuse to be less polite to others.
Another reason that I think cannot be ignored is that politeness helps to enhance the possibilities of the success. Even in the business world which has a reputation for being filled with fierce competitions, benefit-first principles, and standardized rules, politeness plays a crucial role in it. For example, in a business negotiation, without politeness, parties with opposite benefit will never reach an agreement. However, with politeness and friendly atmosphere, it is not unlikely that opposite parties will make a compromise on the same issue, which is related to psychology. Human beings have sense of dignity and self-respects that always need to be satisfied, regardless of the change of the outside world, and that is why human beings are distinguished from other animals. Moreover, if we want to gain something from others, we should first learn to give, and the respect and politeness is the easiest and most cost-efficient thing that we can give.
To sum up, due to what has been mentioned above, we can safely reach the conclusion that we should expect people to be polite to others whether the world is getting busy and crowded or not. In short, it is something worthy doing for the sake of both others and ourselves.
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