This message is brought to you today from the local, Unitarian-like, Church of
Civility. Here at the Church of Civility, we preach of civility, we teach of
civility, we think of civility. And we exercise civility subjectively.Remember civility, civility, and civility. But the greatest of these is
civility. "Can't we all just get along?!"
I actually learned civility from a very raucus environment of LDS who answered a
continuous onslaught of abusive questions directed at them in one continuous
stream of bile and nastiness day after day back before the web even existed, but
the internet did... it was on Usenet, in an unmoderated newsgroup called
alt.religion.mormon, and I saw these folks weather the most indecent and vile
attacks with courtesy and respect to every person. The assumption was that
despite how offensive the others were being, that their attacks were the product
of misunderstanding. After a few months of marveling at them, I realized that
they viewed all people, even those who were sworn antimormons as people they
could care about and I watched in awe as time after time a few of them would
successfully disarm hordes of dissenters. They were truly gifted and I count
myself lucky to have known them. Ironically it doesn't take a civil
environment to learn civility, it merely takes someone who treats others civilly
even when they don't deserve it.
We'd do well to make sure these folks don't bundle criticism alongside
lack of civility.Is someone who speaks out in favor of traditional
marriage and offends gays in the process "uncivil"?Or if you are
against illegal alien rights and special accommodations, are you really
intolerant, hateful and uncivil?Those who think for themselves and have
strong opinions are not in the same class with irrational tantrum-throwers.(I realize my position is labeled as hazardous by Homeland Security and SPLC.
I really don't care.)
MapleDon - Not exactly sure where you're going with you statement. I could
guess, but I may be wrong.I agree with Say No - in that we need to
be careful that we can disagree on issues and still be civil. Name calling and
broad sweeping generalizations are not civil. Calmly stating your view even when
you disagree with others is civil behavior.
Our society has experienced yet another tragic mass murder, and yet again it was
by someone who felt disenfranchised by society. We, as a society, need to
remember that we are ALL children of the same God, and we need to reach out to
all members, and include them as equal members. As a World Society, we need to
learn to treat All members, as we would want to be treated, if our roles were
reversed, and we were in their place.
I disagree completely with this story, a child must learn to respect others
rights and freedoms and choices. Civility is a code of ethics for government and
public servants should employ. As american we have every right to be uncivil.
What children and most adults do not have is respect for each other that creates
disorder and fighting and tantrums. If child learns to respect elders,
authority, and law and order, then all will be peaceful.To replace
respect with civil means they (government controlled schools) expect you not to
teach your children their rights, freedoms, and choices they have a Right to
do.This articles is a message to passive obedience to distract
people from their right to civil war if necessary to repel an oppressive
government trying to teach our children they don't have civil rights or
freedoms.Civility is something for government to learn and to obey
their masters, the people.