The pervasive decline of civility in our society can be witnessed in the media, our government, and our everyday lives.
Lack of civility in our individual lives can lead to negative exchanges with others, poor mental health for the individual, feelings of hopelessness for the future and disconnection from the community. But perhaps most alarmingly, lack of civility will lead to our democracy’s demise. When we stop talking with each other, listening to each other, and working together to find solutions to societies problems, our democracy cannot survive. Necessary elements to a healthy, functioning democracy include the open exchange of ideas and the deliberative process that leads to new laws, policies, and procedures.
More civility is the answer, but how can ordinary citizens affect change on a national level?
It starts by practicing civility with others. It starts with bringing back the art of the conversation. It starts with listening. It starts with YOU downloading the materials below and reaching out to others in your community to lead the way.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
There are many options for starting a revive civility conversation:
- Talk about civility with another person.
- Talk about civility in a small group.
- Talk about civility in a large community conversation.