Civility

Via on Jan 12, 2011

What if Sarah Palin simply apologized? Something like, “While I am certainly not responsible for the reprehensible acts of violence in Tuscon, I am horrified that anything I have said or endorsed in the past could possibly be construed as inciting violence. I am deeply sorry. I pledge to use intelligence and dignity as my future guide in making my point…and I call on my colleagues and supporters to make the same pledge.”

What if, after a moment of silence, Obama and political leadership and media signed a pact which declared a beginning of a new civility. A civility which respects debate, dialogue and differences without the ignorance of hateful language and a call to “second amendment” remedies?  What if leadership paused, reflected and created a code of conduct which reined in the divisive and focused on the truths of “one nation…indivisible…liberty and justice for ALL”.

What if citizens turned away from mind-numbing consumption, entertainment which glorifies violence, “news” which reads more like Jersey Shore than objective and intelligent journalism? What if we held each other accountable for our disrespectful ways? What if knowledge: philosophy, religion, history, literature held the network contracts for reality TV? What if our church leaders and school teachers, civil servants and parents lived by “seek to understand” with compassion as the response to problems in our communities and the desperate need for social justice?

Does the speaker become less passionate about his point if he is not shouting? Is he less dedicated to his cause if he allows that his may not be the *only* way? Is he less effective as a leader if he follows a code of conduct which holds honor, respect, dignity and thoughtful questioning as tenets of truth?

Wake up call after wake up call: September 11, Katrina, the economy, environmental degradation, endless wars, assassination attempts–feeding our super-sized addiction to violence and extreme.

Am I living in idealism to wonder? I don’t know. I can’t hear you over the din of hatred we have accepted for too long.

This post is courtesy of my new FB friend, Susan White.  For more on musings, observations and reflections from the river by Susan:  WiseTrout Blog.

About Maureen Miller

Maureen is a yoga teacher, life/health coach and an aspiring writer. She teaches yoga and leads a yoga teacher training/develop your yoga practice program for students who want to learn more about integrating the body, mind and spirit. Maureen believes when we find balance in all areas of our lives, we live in alignment with our core values and we can live a life filled with intention and purpose.  As a yoga teacher and life/health coach, it is her intention to be with students/coaches on their journey as they investigate decisions that brought them to where they are today, examine options toward change and make choices to break through current challenges.  You can find Maureen on Facebook, Twitter and at her website: Living Life, Making Choices.

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One Response to “Civility”

  1. It doesn't work that way, and for one very good reason. money. There is much more money to be made by being polarizing. Or to put it another way, there is a hell of a lot more money to be made in war than in peace. So yeah, nice concept, but the hard truth is most people do things for their own self interest and that usually revolves around getting press, selling books, or getting ratings. Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern don't get ratings because they get along. And General Dynamics doesn't make money by selling peace T-Shirts.

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