Just some thoughts:
Civility–Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech.
Living out East for nearly twenty-five years I saw a number of college basketball games while living there. It would have been in the mid 80s’ that I saw my first college game at Princeton University. Now I am not a prude but I was a bit taken back at the first game I attended there as to the behavior of the crowd, especially the student body.
Having grown up in Indiana I have seen a lot of basketball and seen rivalries etc. I have seen crowds get loud and into a game but I had never seen signs like students at those games were holding up. Four letter language to the other team. Then during the game chants from the students in four letter wording. One had no problem hearing or understanding what they were saying.
I was reminded of something the late Coach Dean Smith, one time basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, did during a game at his school. During the course of a home game Smith’s school student body became upset about a call. They started a chant bull———-. It happened a second time. Immediately Coach Smith got up from the bench motioned to the officials to stop the game. He then went to the scorer’s bench, took control of the PA system and said to the students, ” Not here, no not here, stop that chant.” They did.
Roots. Sometimes I think it is good for us individually and as a country to give some thought to what came before us. In people and in practices.
It is said George Washington had fifty rules for civility. They can be summed up in the following:
*Shew Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.
*Do not laugh too loud or too much at any Publick Spectacle.
*Use no Reproachful language against any one neither Curse or Revile.
*Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.
*Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgement to others with Modesty.
Taken from Against the Grain—Bill Courtney
Society could certainly use some of ole George’s fifty rules today.
Posted August 21, 2018