The Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) has a post that purports to explain the historical basis for civility in American politics. That explanation will shock some, rile others, and leave many feeling somewhat ashamed. Few have a neutral reaction to the Gospel of Christ.
Why would anyone behave with incivility towards another human being? The definition won’t tell you.
in·ci·vil·i·ty | ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvi-lə-tē
1 : the quality or state of being uncivil
2 : a rude or discourteous act
Does looking at the definition of the root word, civility, help?
noun plural ci·vil·i·ties.
1. courtesy; politeness.
2. a polite action or expression: an exchange of civilities.
3. Archaic . civilization; culture; good breeding.
Nope! So what is the basis for civility? Why do most people generally treat other people with respect? Well, one reason is that we are afraid of each other. We are the meanest, nastiest, most dangerous creatures on Earth. When one of us harms another, most of us will at least consider revenge. However, if the prospect of vengeance alone was enough to maintain civility amongst us, we probably would not need government. In fact, because we…
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