Civility is the act of showing respect for others and society. Working constructively with others to find common ground and being able to disagree without being disrespectful are examples of this. The following are some examples to get you started.
Politeness & Manners
Following a society’s, culture’s, or institution’s established etiquette and etiquette conventions.
A fair and lenient attitude toward persons who hold opposing viewpoints, beliefs, practices, ethnic origins, and so forth.
Respect for people and the things they care about, such as their property and culture.
The Advantage of Doubt
Avoiding the urge to make a snap decision based on insufficient evidence.
Respect for the right to free speech. This necessitates being calm when individuals say things you strongly disagree with to answer arguments with logic.
Choosing the High Way
When confronted with incivility, the ability to remain civil.
Participation in Politics
Working to change things in society that you believe is unjust. Voting and supporting a political candidate, for example.
Taking your social responsibility and accountability seriously. For instance, before voting, do some research on the issues.
The word civility comes from the Latin civilis, which means “concerning citizens.” Its first meaning was associated with being a good citizen. As a result, civility is related to the idea that society owes you more than you owe it.
If you’re interested in learning more about norms and culture, here’s an article on how social norms are created.
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