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8 Observations on Civility

Published on March 19, 2012 By Syndi Seid

I had the pleasure of appearing on a San Francisco radio show. The focus was the demise of etiquette, manners, and civility. With only a few days’ notice and knowing this was a live, listener call-in show, I thought long and hard on the subject, more than ever before. I came up with eight observations on where words such as politeness, courtesy, respect, consideration, goodness, civility have gone—along with all other words describing appropriate behavior—and how necessary these are in our daily lives. All require a little homework.