In Search of Dignity By DAVID BROOKS The old dignity code that George Washington once followed has not survived modern life. Every week there are new scandals featuring people who simply do not know how to act. When George Washington was a young man, he copied out a list of 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Some of the rules in his list dealt with the niceties of going to a dinner party or meeting somebody on the street. Lean not upon anyone, was one of the rules. Read no letter, books or papers in company, was another. If any one come to speak to you while you are sitting, stand up, was a third. cont'd http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/opinion/07brooks.html?_r=1&th&emc=th What would politics be like today with such dignity? When, exactly, was it lost?