it’a time to be civil (4)


“The extraordinary relevance of the rules of civility to our lives is that by following them we put into everyday practice the principle of respect for persons. Civility does the work of empathy. With training in civility we develop the invaluable habit of considering that no action of ours is without consequence for others and anticipating what those consequences will be. We learn to act in a responsible and caring way. Choosing civility means choosing to do the right things for others – for the ‘city.’ The byproduct of doing justice to others is the enrichment of our own lives.”

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp.13-14

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