A trait that I put on the top of my priority list and secretly wish would rub off on every person I come into contact with is a simple five letter word — class. What makes a classy person? For me, class is about being conscious of the ramifications of your actions on others, understanding that as human beings we all deserve the benefit of the doubt and being as genuine and honest as possible.
Classy people seem to be rare these days. As the world moves faster and faster as a result of the wondrous world of the web, it makes me wonder if people have given up the importance of class for quickie friendships and instant gratification. It seems people are putting less effort into meaningful relationships and this leaves me yearning for more. Class goes much deeper then just understanding the importance of respect for all people — it involves manners, good listening, sincere compassion for others, and most of all expression of human emotion in the most delicate way.
Far too often I see blatant disregard for other people that I think displays right away, the level of class they inhibit. A stranger laying on their horn while someone is trying to park their car, uncalled for attitude from a fellow employee, or a friend who breaks plans without even calling. All this is, is a lack of class (among other things).
Why has class fallen off the list of sought-after traits? Why do people let ego get in the way of compassion for fellow mankind? What are the attributes you consider to be classy?