But it’s such a nice word. Works so well for a huge variety of situations and people. And certainly it’s been a gauge to measure my behavior, and that of others, particularly my children.
“Be nice now.” “Let’s play nice.” “Is so-and-so nice?”
Oh, and how about the ubiquitous, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
And the cynical side: “Nice guys finish last.”
But really, nice? What does it mean?
In the last couple of weeks everywhere I turn – be it an article, a conversation, or a blog post, I find a new indictment of “nice.” And it’s got me thinking – maybe all this being nice is not so, well, nice after all. Continue reading