Civility in Palo Alto..and my New Years resolution.....
Original post made by Leslie on Jan 1, 2007
What has troubled me is how often the discussion left the area of lively discourse and became negative, rude and hurtful. I realized that this issue is more general, not just in Palo Alto. I did a bit of online searching and found that the Pew Charitable Trust sponsored a study about civility in the US in 2002.
It is linked here:
Not surprisingly, I am not the only one who thinks that our country is getting less civil. Its a pretty interesting study. According to this study, most of us think we are getting more rude but we agree that while we do not like it, we are participating in the increase in rudeness. We also find our children are getting less respectful. This is certainly a theme we have seen discussed here in the recent posts.
I, for one, am going to post a New Years resolution to be more polite and civil this year. So! Here it is....
I will try to always behave toward others in a way in which I would like to be treated. (I think the good old golden rule still covers most of this) and I will take a deep breath and re-read before hitting the 'submit'button'
Happy New Year,
on Jan 2, 2007 at 9:03 am
I think this is a great resolution, Leslie, and I admire you for making it. I will join you, if I may, in this resolution and I hope that others will as well.
Happy New Year!
on Jan 2, 2007 at 10:37 am
Here's to a bit more humility and a bit less ego in the public forum in 2007 ...
on Jan 2, 2007 at 10:54 am
Thanks for your posting. I share your concern and have tried to suggest the same point when participating in discussions on several threads. On some occasions, raising the civility issue has seemed to help temper the discussion. On other occasions, my advocay for greater civility has resulted in responses that claimed that I was trying to stifle discourse or that I misunderstood discourse for uncivility. As one who is passionate about the value of discourse and who attempts to do so in a civil manner, I'm not sure that your recommendation will be well received by all. However, raising the issue, as you have done, is a positive step and a great New Years resolution!