Top of Mind Thursday September 20, 2018: Civil Action

Top of Mind Thursday

This past week, I’ve watched people attack each other on Facebook, Nextdoor, and a YahooGroups mail list.
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This was not related to politics or world events, but, for the most part, for silly things. One person didn’t like the way someone worded a compliment. Another was upset because he didn’t like the point of view of another poster. A third group was attacking someone because they don’t share her feeling about a particular religion.What happened to civility?

There was a time not so long ago when it seems the default position in society was to treat the other with respect–regardless of whether they share the same point of view, religion, race, creed, education, sexuality, etc.  that we have ourselves.

Now we live in a time where presidential proclamations are delivered via Tweets that are often attacks on the desired target. We have social media tools that let us say whatever we want to whomever we want in whatever way we want.

But we don’t have to drop down to that level. We can choose to treat others with the same kind of respect we expect to receive ourselves. Even if you don’t like the other side, there’s no reason to resort to name calling and personal attacks.

Here’s a novel concept. Let’s just pretend we are back in the old days when civility was the norm. If we all work at this just a little bit, we’ll all be better off.

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