Category Archives: Philosophy

Civility, Diversity & Discomfort

Learning to be civil is one of the critical steps to getting what’s best out of diversity. Why? Because as Tami Winfrey Harris correctly states: “Diversity done correctly is almost always uncomfortable–at least a little. Living or socializing or working … Continue reading

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The Two Sides of Incivility

Last week I attended a course called Crucial Conversations, which is based on the NY Times Best Selling book of the same name. It was a great training and worth the time investment. As I took some time to go … Continue reading

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Qualify for Civil Liberty

Thanks to Richard Bruneau for sharing this great quote*: “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; … Continue reading

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Zone in or out?

Dear Joseph, It has been fun spending time on these letters. I feel like it’s given me a chance to think about you and helped me to be more observant of your strengths and character. I’ve realized during this process … Continue reading

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Being Polite is Not Civility

As part of my work on this blog, I like to monitor and read the ongoing stream of articles on political civility. The more I read, the more I am reminded of the line in Princess Bride where Inigo remarks … Continue reading

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Time & Consequences

Dear Joseph, The world can be a tricky place and it seems to be getting more complicated all the time. All around us people, who are really good at making wrong behavior and activities look right and things we don’t … Continue reading

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Bret Stephens Defines Incivility, But Don’t Tell Him

I thought Bret Stephens’ article in the WSJ today about Keith Olbermann was interesting. What I found most interesting is that Stephens claims that incivility is not the greatest threat to political discourse rather he says: “…the real threat is … Continue reading

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Beginners are Many…Enders are Few

Dear Joseph, At times I wonder what you will remember most from what your mom and I try to teach you and how that it will probably be different from what your brother and sister remember most. One of the … Continue reading

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Robust Civility = Deep & Honest Disagreements

Interesting article from Michael Gerson on civility. Two exerpts I especially enjoyed: We need a robust civility that allows for deep and honest disagreements instead of explaining those differences away. In the long run, this is only achievable if Americans … Continue reading

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Misunderstood Power of Civility

Given the disturbing events in Tucson, it is not surprising that the President and others are calling for a more civil political dialogue. I agree with their call, but before we get too far down the road, we should make … Continue reading

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