It’s been a long series on civil discourse — lasting longer than an actual civil discourse would, I imagine. Ten posts in all, including today’s. Here they are, in one spot.
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March 1 Is Civil Discourse Dead? Part 1: The L L is for Listen
March 15 Is Civil Discourse Out of Your Reach? LEAP FROG, Part 2 E is for Empathy
March 22 How to Take Care of Yourself in This Age of Incivility: LEAP FROG, Part 3 A is for Assess
March 29 How Can You Present Your Ideas? LEAP FROG, Part 4 P is for Present your own ideas
April 12 When Incivility Runs Amok: LEAP FROG, Part 5 F is for Facts (forget them, they won’t help)
April 19 LEAP FROG In the Age of Incivility, Part 6 R is for Respect (the conversation)
May 3 Observing the Other: LEAP FROG Continues, Part 7 O is for Observe
May 10 Finding Civil Discourse in This Age of Incivility LEAP FROG: Part 8 G is for Gratitude
As we end, I’m aware that I’m ending now having more questions than I had last February when we began. Here are the ones I’ve written down.
How might I best balance self-care with activism?
How do we counter specific lies and address false statements?
How can we use silence effectively, not as a wedge?
What is the best setting for holding a civil discourse?
Who initiates a civil discourse?
When or how should we agree to the terms of the discourse?
What is the nature, cause, and consequence of incivility?
What’s really important about civil discourse? Why do we bother?
Perhaps you too have been left with more questions than answers. If so, I’d love to have you add them in the Comments below. Thanks.
It’s been a long journey and I thank you for taking it with me.
I want to leave you with this video clip of the song Mercy Now, written and sung by Mary Gauthier. The lyrics follow in one of those drop down boxes.
The lyrics to Mercy Now
How are you? Don’t forget to add the questions on civil discourse that remain for you.