it’s time to be civil (9)


“In order to be healthy, we need to live among others. Since social integration is healthful, social skills – the skills that make social integration possible – are utterly relevant to our health. When we are skilled in managing our relationships, we are far more likely to build and maintain a network of support. Far from just being a matter of good form, civility is also a matter of good health. Quite simply: being good is good for you. To stay healthy we need to perceive our lives as having purpose and meaning linked to the presence of others in our lives. All the more important, then, that we learn how to treat them fairly, respectfully, and considerately. As we do, it becomes clearer and clearer that civility is the place of encounter between self and other where altruism and self-interest find a harmonious way to coexist.”

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); p. 30

this went thru my mind


Attitude, politics, reasoning & social networking: Facebook: Where Reasoned Political Thought Goes to Die by Ken Mueller [required reading]

“Of the 73 posts that I saw (focusing solely on the presidential race), 70 of them were negative. That’s a whopping 96%. In other words, they were about tearing the ‘other’ candidate down and trying to make him look bad, rather than promoting the ideas and platform of their own chosen candidate. It’s not that you want me to vote for your candidate. You just want to show me that the other candidate is horrible. What’s wrong with this picture? … Facts, schmacts.”

Christ, Church & culture: * After Pietism by Scot McKnight; * 6 Reasons I Love the Church by Ben Reed

* “Tim Keller contends that in the first half of the 20th Century American evangelicalism went pietistic, and by that he means ‘ignore culture and put all stress on conversions and on the spiritual growth of individuals.'”

* “1. It’s messy. … 2. It’s not a formula. … 3. It’s not a bunch of “professionals.” … 4. It’s chaotic. … 5. The work is never done. … 6. We are the bride of Christ.”

Gendercide: The Holocaust Happening Right Under Our Noses by Marian V. Liautaud

“In some countries, hearing “It’s a girl” is no cause for celebration–it’s a death sentence. … The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of “gendercide,” the deliberate extermination of girls in favor of boys.”