Nice is a Lie

Nice is overrated.

Nice is very often a lie.

We’ve all been stabbed in the back, exploited, and robbed by people who look “nice.” Con artists are often “nice.” Nice is easy.

Decency is hard. Over the years I’ve run into people who weren’t exactly nice but were decent. Even though they appeared unpleasant at first they would do the right thing, very often at expense to themselves. Nice and decent are light years apart. Nice is just smiling and showing a minimum of social graces. Sure it helps make life go a bit smoother, but decency would do far, far more. How many times have we run into a nice person who was monstrous underneath?

What did Shakespeare say? “One may smile and smile and be a villain?” Watch out for those people.

lifted from Waiter Rant. The whole article strikes a chord with me. Go read it,  it’s good.


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3 Responses to Nice is a Lie

  1. Doug says:

    A fine distinction, often unappreciated. Those guys stopping in my lane to let cars in? They’re not being nice, they’re disrupting the flow of traffic!

  2. Kzinti says:

    So very true. Decency is undervalued in today’s world. Pity…

  3. Freedom Smith says:

    Very well stated!! Decency is rare and I have been surprised to find, at times, that someone that is not very kind can be decent. I had never considered the difference but you make a very valid point.

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