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According to a select group of mayors from rural Utah communities who met recently with KSL managers to talk about key issues in outlying areas, the decline of civility in society is one of their major concerns.
It concerns us too.
Why is it so difficult in contemporary culture for people to be courteous and polite, in short, civil? Civility, after all, is the very root of civilization. Without it, what ultimately, will become of society?
In government, civility means disagreeing without being disagreeable.
In school classrooms, civility is demonstrated by displays of respect for teachers and proper comportment with other students.
On our highways, civility is the antithesis of road rage.
In places of commerce, civility becomes synonymous with honesty and integrity.
In athletic contests, civility is achieved through passionate, yet proper sportsmanship.
Does anyone truthfully desire to be part of an uncivil society? Will lives be better served when rudeness, insolence and bad manners dominate human interaction? Yet it is easy to succumb to the societal trend of uncivil behavior.
KSL joins our recent guests from rural Utah in encouraging greater civility in all social interaction. Fostering civility would be a worthy goal for every responsible citizen.