Mind Your Table Manners

How moral is our sense of morality?


On our 2010 trip one of the best meals of the trip occurred at a restaurant near the Aloha Tower called Chai’s Bistro.  Where we ate was open-air but shaded, a soft breeze blowing, perfectly pressed tablecloth, flowers on the table.  Not only was the environment tasteful but the meal turned out to be perfection for each of us!  I don’t know why but when I sit down in a really classy restaurant I automatically shift into “proper table manners” mode: no elbows on the table, napkin in the lap, thanking the server whenever they pour more water.  But is good manners on the same level as morality?   (click any photos for fullsize image)

What comes to mind are scenes from the Godfather and films of that genre where proper table manners and absolutely correct outward expressions of respect are rigidly required.  At the same time the one…

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