O, Civility, Where Art Thou?
Look at the last 10 days or so. Kanye West’s tirade in the midst of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s speech, Serena Williams’ obvious crude language directed toward the referee, Federer’s display the following day.
Since all or most have apologized, it seems they knew they were out of line - at least after the fact.
For decades, presidents have talked about the need for civility. So have others – poets, authors, entertainers and more. Look at the following quotes:
As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don't get our civility back, we're in trouble. Emmylou Harris
There can be no high civility without a deep morality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Civility costs nothing, and buys everything. Mary Wortley Montagu
All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals. Joshua Lederberg
When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency. Samuel Johnson
I don’t have the answers but certainly do welcome your comments, thoughts and ideas.