Archive for January, 2011

Civility II: George Washington

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation At age 16 or so, the student George Washington copied 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation into one of two surviving schoolbooks, preserved in the Library of Congress. The Rules date back to 16th century France, and were popularly circulated […]

Civility in Political Discourse

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The issue of civility in public and political discourse has been getting a lot of attention recently, especially (and unworthily) now that some are blaming physical violence on violent rhetoric. There may or may not be a connection, but it really shouldn’t matter– there is no place for incivility in public discourse, no need for […]

What you lose on the swings…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The other night Craig Ferguson said “what you lose on the swings you win on the roundabout” or words to that effect. It went right over the heads of his studio audience, and Craig offered a partial explanation: it means that things work out, what goes up must come down, a situation has equal pluses […]