What allows us to believe in society is some idea that we share values in common. Before economy, there was novelty and rebellion during the renaissance era which was working alongside fidelity. Fidelity is also known as loyalty, and what gives rise to sentiments like nationalism. What it boils down to is we have to believe in something.
You have to trust humanity. We are literally dependant on each other. There is a feeling. We need to return that sense to our awareness. We need to sense spirit in our world again, and not paint everything gray with abstract economically drive intellectualism.
“So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof” John Fitzgerald Kennedy (American 35th US President (1961-63), 1917-1963)
“When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency” Samuel Johnson (English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784)
What is civility? Dealing with people and situations in a respectful manner. The act of connection. I’ve been thinking that the ‘Occupy’ protests are really a debate on what it is to be civil. “In a civil society.” Civility is difficult to discuss. There is very little in the way of genuine example to consider. The more they study the function of the human brain, the more they are discovering that we are inherently social creatures, and in fact, that we have, at our root, a tendency to form beliefs. Whether rational or not is irrelevant, the process goes on… Seek More
We get the word civic from the same source as the work civil. Civic, civil, city are words sharing the same broad domain of meaning. They used to speculate that cities may have arisen for economic reasons, and this notion served the one percent quite well. It’s actually not true though, and in fact, if they served only as a means to manage resources, they would not have arisen at all. The city market used to be as much or more about socialization then buying things. Yes. The market was in the central square of the town, and anyone living… Seek More
We are believing creatures. We used to believe in life, the fundamentals of life, nature, survival, wisdom, death. We considered things that are even true today. They considered the stars, the way of the world as a whole. The first city dwellers were shamans, and even they didn’t remain there all year round. They came there during scare times to seek sacred wisdom and communion. Over time, these shamans would become priests. The term priest literally refers to one who makes offerings, renders sacrifices to the gods. Perhaps this was the beginning of economy, but is that what we have… Seek More
What civility comes down to is faith. What will you trust? If you trust nothing, do you love anything? If you love no part of your life, are you living? You have to trust in something or you won’t survive, at least in yourself. Actually, you have to trust humanity. Recent research has exposed some powerful connections between a great array of health and sanity issues and distrust of other human beings. We are literally dependant on each other. Life is real. It extends beyond us, and we used to feel this more. Maybe because we had to live so very… Seek More