Civility. That public behavior expectation seems no longer to be in supply. Our politics have become so polarized we seem not to know how to behave toward others who do not share our opinions. We are divided by race and by income and by neighborhood. We seem to have slots where we put people who behave contrary to our own predilections. We label them idiots or extremists or bigots. It seems we are almost eager to find fault and lay blame and then sit back and watch the fallout. Imagine if Jesus only commiserated with people who were just like him. He'd be the loneliest man on earth. We need to be less aggressive and less intolerant and less small minded. Our sensibilities may indeed get ruffled from time to time. But if what we know as road rage is to be practiced even as we sit at our desks or in front of our television or while we work our fingers at warp speed on our cell phones to address the latest outrage, well, that's a shame.
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