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    Posted: 18/September/2009 at 8:15am
In Praise of Boring Civility

"There is, however, a third option. Although we might be genetically wired to respond to a perceived threat by either fighting or fleeing, there is an alternative that comes from outside of us. It's a big part of what growing up is all about. It's about gaining the perspective that what feels like a Super Bowl competition in which everything is on the line is really nothing more than a backyard pick up game ... in the grand scheme of things. It's about gaining the ability to care as much about the common good.

Maturity. Civility. The ability to be self-critical. We're not born with these qualities. They have to be learned. They have to be nurtured in families and reinforced in society."


My one nit to pick would be that the stakes have been exponentially raised in the government related aspects of the "game". There have been redundant games played for ALL THE MARBLES. An element of these games has been aimed at vanquishing the various interests from the discussions; through less than civil tactics.


"It is a wreave belief that we already are in Hell."- Tuluk in Frank Herbert's "Whipping Star"
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ah, discussion.
marty and rory better sharpen up on robert's rules tactics.
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