Politics, reviews

Can civility be saved?

This last election was . . . interesting.

The Case for Civility

I know there was a lot at stake. I mean, it was to decide the fate of the entire free world. That is bound to get someone a little upset.

My view has always been that if you are looking to the executive branch of the United States government to solve our problems, you are probably looking in the wrong place. Not just because I am hesitant of governmental solutions in general, but because our president just doesn’t have that kind of power.

Yet.

And once he does, that will be the problem.

Watching the election and chatting with people online, it really seemed to me that the last fifteen years (give or take) of blogs and social media shouting out their inciteful (as opposed to insightful) commentary prepared us for this election. People don’t talk to each other. They talk past each other. They put each other in little boxes based on their politics or their religion or their dietary choices. They demonize each other.

They rarely communicate with each other.

And that’s why I was so excited when I stumbled across The Case for Civility by Os Guinness. I love Os anyway, but the premise of his book (that perhaps our greatest threat is the decline in civility!), resonates with me. Republics fall from within and we are set on a course to tear ourselves apart.

So I started a book discussion on facebook and would love if you would join us. The first discussion starts this Friday (January 6) with chapter one. Don’t worry if you can’t get the book by then. It is a pretty light chapter, mostly just outlining where he is going. Stop in, read the discussion and add your thoughts. We’d love to have you join us!

(This post contains an affiliate link which means that, should you actually purchase the book through the provided link, I will receive a few cents.)

4 thoughts on “Can civility be saved?

  1. Wow!!! Look at you go . . 3 posts in like 3 days . . you are sending the productivity of the neighborhood THROUGH. THE. ROOF. Impressive! I may just stalk your group – because well, that’s how I learn things – passively through others . . don’t want to put any real effort into it! You are amazing!!!!

    1. Thanks! That’s what I’m here for . . . to make sure our little neck of nowhere gets adequate blog coverage!

      I tell you, I have goals. And if you can’t meet them in January, when will you meet them?

      And yay! I’ll let you stalk my blog and facebook group as much as you want. Feel free to drop a comment, too, if you are so led! 🙂

  2. Of my January goals I had for today . . I DID get out of bed at the time I hoped for AND had breakfast on the table at the “new acceptable” time . . . after that is was a slow downslide into the abyss . . . trying to decide whether to try again tomorrow or just wait for next January 😉

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