Why Southerners are so polite

A couple days ago I heard the latest episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast. In it we learn about how where you grow up has a profound affect on the way you think and act. On of the coolest conclusions they mention is that the reason that the American Deep South is known for being so ridiculously polite is that honor is so important there that people fight over it. Meaning, it’s an act of survival to ensure you do nothing possible to piss off those around you for fear of besmirching their honor and having them kill you.