Civility as mission
Yes, we can! We can have civility. We can have a civil civic discourse. We can ACT while being civil. We can PROGRESS in civility.
Most people believe that civility is a stopping point, rather than a starting point. They believe that being civil means ignoring saying what we mean, what really needs to be said, or only using a certain tone or style.
But civility is more than that...
Civility is about starting to HEAR.
Then, we must LISTEN.
Then we must CONTRIBUTE.
Then we must ACT.
These are not difficult steps. This is not a difficult process, but it is a process that requires us to have faith in each other and to trust that we will be civil.
Then, we proceed and progress.