Why Not Try A Formal Picnic For A Change?

April 10, 2010

The motto of informality is: ‘Let’s do things the easiest, most convenient way and never mind how they seem, because nobody is paying attention, anyway.’

Formality says: ‘Yes, it does matter, and the surrender of individuality to high group standards is a trivial sacrifice to the overall beauty of the thing.’

Miss Manners, “Why Not Try a Formal Picnic for a Change?” (1986)

(thanks, Mark)

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