As election day grows closer, I am feeling the lack more and more of civility in our political discourse. It is especially obvious in the U.S. election climate right now, but I see it in Britain with the Brexit controversy and indeed all over the world. There seems to be a distinct lack of not only politeness but even of taking responsibility for what one says.
Civility means working together for the good of all. At the very least, it means working to not offend others. It means being able to disagree without demonizing the other, to understand that people of good will can have different opinions. We can learn to respect each other and to work together even though we disagree. No one of us can change the tone of the current political rhetoric, but we can refuse to join in. We can come out on the side of kindness. We can be the voice of reason, and encouragement. I hope I can live up to that in my own life and I challenge my readers to do the same.
Quotes about civility
To work best democracy needs a diversity of thoughts, ideas and expression. This is only possible with freedom and civility.–Kevin Stirtz
When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.–Samuel Johnson
As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back we’re in trouble.–Emmylou Harris
Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.–Mary Wortley Montagu
Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health.–Pier Massimo Forni
Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.–Benjamin Franklin
Let us work towards not only bringing civility back in style, but ultimately making it a lifestyle.–Cindy Ann Peterson
Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.–George Washington
We have a choice about how we behave, and that means we have the choice to opt for civility and grace.–Dwight Currie
Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.–Henry James
We all have to find way to be civil to one another.–Condoleezza Rice
Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.–Ted Koppel
The main point about civility is … the ability to interact with strangers without holding their strangeness against them and without pressing them to surrender it or to renounce some or all the traits that have made them strangers in the first place.–Zygmunt Bauman
Good manners is just being respectful of others. Whether you know them or not, you should show respect for all people.–John Patrick Hickey
People who cannot restrain their own baser instincts, who cannot treat one another with civility, are not capable of self-government… without virtue, a society can be ruled only by fear, a truth that tyrants understand all too well.–Charles W. Colson
Civility awareness and a common foundation of considerate conduct are crucial to our future.–Cindy Ann Peterson
Civility is not a specific code of behavior as much as it is a call to unrelenting preemptive thought, and steady effort to care about influence on others.–John R. Dallas Jr.
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