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Common Courtesy Stamp by Mirz123 Common Courtesy Stamp by Mirz123
** I really love and appreciate all of the supportive comments. It will take me a while to get through them all, but I do intend to respond to every one. **


A wee bit of a ranty stamp, but purposely done in a non-ranty way...

This piece was prompted by a couple of online incidents I've had over the last few weeks. On one occasion, I simply asked how someone was doing, since they were going through a difficult period, and I was lambasted by one of their friends for being inconsiderate for expecting the person to talk about it. This just perplexed me, because I have always heard people complain about the opposite--that they would feel upset when no one cared enough to ask how they were doing. On another occasion, I was accused of being phony when I simply tried to be nice to someone. Truly, does the world expect, or even prefer, everyone to be jerks?

I know some people think that my nice-ness is fake, but it's not. I once read somewhere that throughout history, and in most cultures (even those with no connection to each other), there is some form of the Golden Rule. Namely, treat people how you want to be treated. So, it's not an un-natural thing to expect others to be polite and extend common courtesy. I simply live by that philosophy. I am just continually boggled how people get so much crap and abuse when they are only trying to be nice and helpful. And it saddens me that so many people feel totally okay making someone else feel like dirt.

And before anyone decides to go on a tirade here and justify why being cruel and abusive to others is okay, don't do it. Any comments that are overtly mean, disrespectful, or snarky will be hidden without warning--and I will do it at my sole discretion. I do not subscribe to the idea that you only need to be nice to people who "deserve" it, since that is wholly subjective. I agree that you don't have to hug every stranger you meet, but you don't have the right to kick them, either.

:bulletgreen: New stamp template by me. I may release later. Pixel font can be found in my resource folder ---> [link]

:bulletblue: You can find more of my stamps in this gallery folder ---> [link]

*** :aww: As with most of my smileys, you may use this on and off dA, without my permission. The only thing I ask is that you keep the file name in tact and don't remove any credit information. If you do use it for something, it would be nice if you could comment and let me know. It encourages me to make more smileys if I know people are using/enjoying them.

Please note, this piece is NOT available for commercial use.***


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ayame18 Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your stamps are marvelous! :D I surely wish these practices return to many parts of the world.
LuigiandShadowGirl Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you completely. What happened to the politeness? Today in this just seems to be gone. :cries: Wonderful stamp though, it's got a deep meaning. :heart:
Preach on, preach on. I...may not be perfect at always doing this (then again, who is perfect, so), but I at least darn well try. I can always hope that at least counts for something.
Being friendly does not necessarily mean you are courteous or have manners. I seem to find that a lot with people.
Flawliet May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so very much for this stamp! I always try to say to people on the internet the same thing I would say to them in real life; what I waould want someone to say to me. I would never want to start an argument. You know, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all...
I also feel particlarly strong about this being a teen; we always get stereotyped into being impolite half-wits with no social skills :/

thanks again for making this stamp :tea:
BA5CKqi May 8, 2011  Hobbyist
I agree! :)
Timmy responded in a great way :)
I think I would have cussed the guy out, even though I hate being mean.
Renos-Goggles May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did a whole SPEECH about this in my speech class, about how no one says please, thank you, youre welcome anymore, or holds open doors or nothing. It irritates the hell out of me about how rude people are. :O

Thank you for making this stamp, I love it.
J-Don-Bonne May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I know what you mean. My shoutbox got assaulted a few days ago by two people who sad my art sucked. I know my art sucks, but when I looked into they're galleries they had nothing. I never understood this generation's new rule that being a jerk is cool. It may be on TV, but they're just acting. Being a jerk IRL can earn you a lot of enemies. Having enemies isn't fun, having friends is.
Kaynime May 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really like this and agree with your message whole heartedly - a kind word costs nothing, and it might just make somebody's day.
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