Courtesy and civility, like kindness and manners, are taught. Inately, we are selfish and inconsiderate, as manifested by the “terrible twos.” If children are not taught to be polite and kind to others, they will usually grow up to be jerks and bullies, or worse.
Although no one is born better than anybody else, the reality that we are all just human beings seems to have been dismissed. Our attitudes toward others come from our surroundings and too often mire intelligent reasoning with hatred and intolerance.
At the basic human level, we cannot help being different. Though we are all born by women, our DNA declares our individuality. It is this rich diversity that makes life so very interesting and fascinating. However, when people are told or feel that their differences are more superior and important than others, courtesy and civility are replaced with rudeness and malice.
The lack of courtesy, civility, kindness, tolerance, and compassion around the world has resulted in inequality and injustice throughout its many nations. That this is still true within these United States of America is shameful and appalling. Our country was created with the ideation of freedom for all. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights have been ignored, misinterpreted, and spat upon. These documents, like holy tomes, have been misused and misconstrued to the benefit of the self-designated and to the exclusion of the masses.
Courtesy and civility begin at home, regardless of environment. Since “civilization” came into being, mankind has been striving to do more than survive. We have invented and progressed. We have killed and regressed. That third world countries still exist today should not be ignored. Poverty is the root of all problems: Crime, terrorism, violence, abuse. Sometimes the simplest solution – restoration of the human spirit – is rejected because 1)it is not cost effective and 2)prejudices get in the way.