It was 600 years ago or thereabouts when Erasmus, a Catholic Priest and humanist wrote: Rules of behavior are what distinguishes civilized humans who are willing to discipline their desires, from barbarians, who do not even try.  The rudeness is the merest scratches on the surface of the crisis and is merely the evidence of our growing incivility.

We squabble over our rights and ignore our obligations…

November 11, 2016

What is civility? We think of manners as proper standards of moral conduct or standards of conducting public argument.  Civility is the sum of the many sacrifices we are called to make for the sake of living together.  Yielding to human instinct for self-seeking is often immoral.  We should make sacrifices for others not simply because doing so makes social life easier, and it does, but as a signal of respect for our fellow citizens, marking them as full equals. Civility, Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy by Stephen L. Carter and then link to my book website for 3 whiteboard animated videos and read 4 chapters without cost. Locate the button that turns the pages and chapters. The book is about a lawyer who climbs the ladder of success and when he gets to the top of the ladder realizes he climbed the wrong ladder.

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