To Ponder, 1/23/15

Today, we’re going a little off the beaten path.  Today is more of an indictment of our American society and what we’ve let it become.  Civility in public discourse is something I believe we all want, but you sure don’t have to go very far to find anything but.  Multiple times just today I heard, saw or participated in discourse that could have, no, SHOULD have been much kinder.  I’ve heard it said many ways, but the bottom line is we can rarely advance our cause purely by tearing down someone else’s.  Surely more elegant is this, from Johns Hopkins professor Dr. P.M. pmforniForni….

“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. Taking an active interest in the well-being of our community and concern for the health of our society is also involved in civility.”

Dr Forni directs The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and has authored several books on the topic of civility in public discourse.  Read more about Dr Forni and the project HERE

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