"Please" and "thank you" are token rituals of respect. In their widespread adoption, we can identify the superficiality in human interaction that is now the norm within society. The use of such tokens as shorthand ways to demonstrate respect and gratitude ease one too quickly away from the feeling of sincere respect and appreciation. The feeling is felt, the words are expressed and applied before the feeling can make an impact. By relying too heavily on this shorthand, we render these feelings, which are useful in strengthening social bonds, superficial.