Today is George Washington’s birthday. Setting aside debates concerning his Christianity, owning of slaves, etc., it is obvious he was a great man. The foundation for his greatness was lain early as can be seen by his “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” (Note the young age at which he was taught such things.) Though some may be dated and others may appear silly, the importance of civility and decent behavior for a society shines through.