“Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.”
– Mary Wortley Montagu
When we are young, we learn “The Golden Rule”, to treat others as we would want to be treated. Mathew 7:12 says, “In everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Yet, it seems society today needs a reminder of this basic tenet; we see and experience uncivil behaviors in the workplace, in classrooms, online, and in our communities. Acts of incivility may be experienced through words, bullying, or violence.
We live in a global society made up of diverse cultures and beliefs. While diversity should be an appreciated and welcomed aspect of our communities, it sadly seems more likely to be divisive. Focusing on commonalities is one way to bridge this gap. All cultures have a common element: civility. Simple things such as courtesy, kindness, and respect demonstrate civility and can be seen in some form in any culture. As a society, we need to strive to cultivate these civil behaviors and actions in our community. We can encourage, develop, and nurture civility through:
- Non-judgmental attitudes
- Acceptance of others
- Respect for differences
- Listening to each other
- Acts of kindness
We each have a responsibility to reflect on our actions, our words, our perspectives and to do our part to contribute to a civil culture. James 1:19 says, “…everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” If we each commit to maintaining an open mind, listening to each other, accepting differences, and finding common ground, we can cultivate a culture of civility.UMHB strives to not only equip students with an education for life, but also to give every student the experience of a lifetime. We invite you to check out our website for more information, or stop by for a visit to see why UMHB would be a great fit for you!