Erosion of civility is a big problem and getting worse. You can’t turn on the TV without toxic bickering. News professionals and guests sling meanspirited mud at each other while zealous viewers cheer from the anonymity of their sofa. Then jump online and engage in blatant cyberbullying, flaming, and nasty comments.
For any democracy to thrive, the freedom to have an opinion and express that opinion is critical. Opposing beliefs are necessary, but brazen incivility in our “public square” will shut down many moderates in the middle from voicing their views. When this happens, we wind up with those on the extreme fringes screaming how the other extreme fringe is completely whacked.
Incivility in the debate of ideas poisons the well of rational thinking. Instead, it gives each side no room to understand the other. It makes it an all-or-nothing game where one side is either all right or all wrong. FACT – no one has a monopoly on truth.
My friends and I do not always see eye to eye, and that is not just OK, it is good. But what I love about those I hang with, we are friends, we are civil, and we respect each other’s opposing opinions.
Be softer, gentler, and kinder. We need increased moderate civility now more than ever.
It starts here. Who’s with me?
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.