Civility is Dead

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Well, maybe not dead yet, but it’s certainly on its last legs.

Here in the United States we have a president who encourages his supporters to mock his political opponents during rallies.  His wife has all but admitted he hasn’t been faithful to her.  He flat-out lies during interviews and on social media and then gets angry when he’s called out on it.  Racism is running rampant, often under the guise of patriotism, and this president encourages it.

It’s enough to make you think about relocating to Canada- they are nice there, right?

For most of us,  an international move isn’t in the cards.  And, as my long suffering former shrink told me, “Wherever you go, there you are”.   So what can we do to retain some semblance of kindness and civility in our lives?

Simple.  BE that semblance.  And I’m not talking about the grand gestures here.  If you are so moved to give passionate speeches, run for office, start a charity, etc. then by all means go for it.  But civility, like so many other things, starts with the little things.  Hold open the door for that person behind you.  Be kind to cashiers, wait staff, and other folks in the service industry.  Be free with the compliments (sincere ones of course).  Simpy smile at people.  If you have kids you love, teach them to do these things too.

Love can spread just as fast as hate.  Let’s make this country and this planet a kinder, gentler place one small act of kindness at a time.



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