How to Engage in Positive Combat
The art of Positive Combat means to fight that what you dislike by utilizing weapons of positivity on the negativity of what you dislike without resorting to being negative at all.
This of course takes considerable forethought, a desire for real peace and a certain amount of wisdom, and patience coupled with a sincere belief that it’s in everyone’s best interest to not have a crappy day.
Whenever you are engaging in Positive Combat, you should be prepared to equip yourself with the right weapons.
I’m a firm believer in the power of Manners, and more so in actually using them. Manners you see can be learned and practiced by everybody of all ages, races, creeds, genders, roles, religions, income and even by those in authority. Manners are good for everyone to practice as they are a clear sign of intelligent civility, that could potentially produce peaceful resolutions to any discrepancies and is a confirmed, sure fire way to impress your potential girlfriend’s parents that no matter how you look or dress, you might actually be a decent person. It’s a good start if ever there was one at all.
I’ve never personally experienced nor actually ever seen “Rudeness” (one of many natural enemies of Manners) to solve anything or to produce any positive results in any life encounters. Sometimes, if it wasn’t for Politeness (a close cousin and ally of Manners) many people would be having even more crappy days and on a daily basis. I do believe that the amount of or level of trouble you have sometimes with others, (especially strangers), is directly proportional to the amount of manners you have learned or where taught in your life.
Of course, that would depend again that you actually keep your manners sharp and well trained while being ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Also, having a huge arsenal of Manners is completely pointless if you don’t actually use them. And even then, when you do use them, you must be prepared to annihilate the Misunderstandings (barriers to effective Manner tactics and deployment) into submission.
When deploying your manners give consideration into which ones to use for each situation you may find yourself in. It’s like butter and oil sandwiches or like oil and butter wheel grease. You only need one to do the job but you need the foresight to understand which one and for which situation.
Most modern day Manner Armories are always well stocked with the following; “Please”, “Thank-you”, “Your Welcome” and “After You.”
Whenever Manners are used properly, the effects of which are usually immediately apparent by signs of genuine smiles, happy waves of acknowledgement, friendly peace signs, or sincere laughter and sometimes even beers, hugs and kisses.
-Lead Archivist, I