Reflections on the coming new year: Peace on earth begins in the home

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  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 8:13 p.m.

    I agree with some of what you say. I feel however that the family is the first place those talents of civility should be learned. The family seems to be - under ideal circumstances - the best laboratory in which children can be lovingly taught the civility we so lack. It is where love and the gospel of Jesus Christ should be taught by a loving mother and father. Where tolerance and peace is fostered. Where children are taught correct principles and forewarned about false or men's philosophies.

    I hope you don't lable some of us as hateful just because we disagree with your lifestyle. Differences of opinion are bound to come up among thinking people everywhere. Disagreements can happen without us being disagreeable. We can agree to disagree.

    But I do agree that there needs to be more civility in our society. It seems we lack it oftentimes in the way we drive, compete, do business, and communicate.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 25, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    Here is my problem with this. Some of the most critical, or say even hateful comments found here in the DN forums come from people who are family people and who have a deep faith in God. I wish, or should say, I would hope there was a correlation between how people treat each other, and their beliefs. But if there is a correlation, it seems tenuous at best.

    I think before family, one needs to learn to deal with others civilly, period. One does not need to agree with, nor even like another person, to still treat these people with civility. But in a day of hype news, name calling, castigating those with whom you don't agree with, peace will not ever come as long as we act with disdain to our neighbors. Love your wife, love your family, but hate another because we don't agree with their political party? I am not sure how we justify this, as a peace loving people.

    Actions and words have meaning, and consequences. Hate another because they are a Ute, or a cougar... that will spill off into other aspects of your life. You can't hide behind God.