Quotes related to Civility from shadow
When shadow submitted her name to be added to the list of those supporting the pledge she directed me to her blog so that I might read the following. She agreed to let me reprint them here:
"You cannot control forcibly whether other people respect
you, but you can control whether or not -you- behave in a fashion worthy
of respect, including behaving with dignity and honor towards people
who you don't believe deserve it. At the end of the day, your behavior
and your own actions are the measure of your control, and people will
make of them what they will."
"I feel that the dormant goodwill in people needs to
be stirred. People need to hear that it makes sense to behave decently
or to help others, to place common interests above their own, to respect
the elementary rules of human coexistence. They want to be told about
this publicly . . . . Goodwill longs to be recognized and cultivated.
For it to develop and have an impact it must hear that the world does
not ridicule it . . . . I never try to give people practical advice
about how to deal with the evil around them, nor could I even if I wanted
to -- and yet people want to hear that decency and courage make sense,
that something must be risked in the struggle against dirty tricks.
They want to know that they are not alone, forgotten, written off."
is an art won by training and habituation.