Friday, December 13, 2013

On civility

Civility is more than just a word.
It cancels conflicts as it curbs the tongue;
Without the rancor bred of argument,
Each goal becomes a possibility.
Civility is always unrestrained,
And narrow dreams expand when opened up
By talking; fair words often change set minds,
Derail dissent, and lead to fair results.
Success occurs when civil men forswear
Dispute and build new ways to understand
The issues, using diplomatic means
To settle common problems without strife.
Great honor comes to those who compromise,
To civil men who shake each others' hands.

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