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14 July 2012 @ 07:24 pm
A proposal for a paired set of definitions  
Well, not definitions, precisely, but how does this sound to you?

Ethics: Doing this right keeps you from fucking up someone's life.
Etiquette: Doing this right keeps you from fucking up someone's day.
 
 
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on July 14th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
I think it's drawing too much of a scale distinction. Ethics: if someone steals $5 from me, it might mess up my day, especially if that was my lunch money, but it's not going to mess up my life. (I know there are people for whom $5 is a larger issue.) That doesn't mean the appropriate response to a pickpocket is "How rude!" rather than "Stop, thief!"
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 15th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Good point, thanks. I'll see if I can work that into my model.