Incivility seems to invade all aspects of our society. There is road rage, social media bullying, and hostile work, school and public environments. It can incite violence, threaten lives, cost money, and end in the loss of friends and even family members. It can cause personal anxiety and depression.
In the written words of George Washington’s in his Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present. This leads to better behavior among people.”
Civility begins with listening to others politely, respectfully and with an awareness of one’s preconceptions. A civil conversation with an individual who has opposing opinions may reduce anger, verbal violence, or other negative repercussions. Begin by focusing on what the other person is saying and not your rebuttal. Avoid a loud voice, angry body language or interruptions. Request time to express your side on the issue and why you believe it. As a last resort to avoid confrontations withdraw stating “let us agree to disagree.” Then end the interaction.
Modeling civility may encourage more understanding and empathy with one person with opposing views. Although, it is a slow process it is a positive step in healing the anger and divineness in our society.
FANNIE LOU HAMER
In 1964 She appeared before the Credentials Committee at the Democratic National Convention to challenge Mississippi’s seating an all White delegation to the Convention.. She described her experiences as a voter rights advocate with details —landlord how her group was detained by the police on a 26 mile trip to the state’s voter literacy test site; her efforts to vote resulting in being evicted by her White landlord; being detained, beaten and sexually assaulted by the police for attempting to attend a voter workshop; and learning a White doctor had performed an unnecessary hysterectomy on her.
Although, she failed to get the delegation to include Blacks she ignited national awareness of the violent racism in the South.
Born in a poor sharecropping family, the youngest of 20 children her activism was fostered by her mother’s courageousness and her outspoken Baptist Preacher father. With only a 6th grade education she developed an ability to organize. She had a charismatic personality and her rendition of gospel music to inspire others. She possessed an intense drive and dedication that placed her in the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. She was however, over shadowed in the Civil Rights movement which was predominately male. Recently, several authors have written books about her. “Walk With Me” Kate Clifford Larson and “Until I am Free” by Keisha N. Blaine bringing her to the consciousness of the public.
Hypatia, was born 355 BC and died 415 BC. She was a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who lived in a very turbulent era in Alexandria’s history. She is the earliest female mathematician whose life and work were recognized.
Hypatia was the daughter of Theon of Alexandria a mathematician and astronomer. She is credited with commentaries on geometry and number theory, as well as an astronomical table. These commentaries have been lost. In producing her commentaries on Apollonius and Diophantus, she was carrying on the program initiated by her father.
At the time, she was the world’s leading mathematician and astronomer, the only woman for whom such claim can be made. She was also a popular teacher and lecturer on philosophical topics of a less-specialist nature, attracting many loyal students and large audiences. Her philosophy was Neoplatonist. She was deemed to be a Pagan and was a virgin and a committed celibate. be sure to showcase a premium service.