If we desire to be more civil, it need not be at the expense of our convictions.
It’s nice to be nice, except when being nice is a way of being dishonest. We can’t hide behind civility in an effort to avoid tough conversations. Civility is more of a compass than it is a shield. It’s precisely the tool needed when navigating conflict and when one is faced with the need to speak truth to the storm.
I often think about my patient’s lives outside of my office; their victories, their struggles, their heartaches and joys, and how these issues in their life might affect whatever is concerning them medically speaking. As a women’s health physician, included in those issues that I consider is abortion. With such a serious topic as abortion, I find myself asking many questions…questions I would urge everyone to deeply consider.
Want to master wisdom, character, and civility? Reserve the right to be wrong.
Assertiveness requires a level of honesty and clarity that can feel counter-intuitive to someone seeking to practice civility. So then, what does assertive civility look like?
Most Americans on both sides of the abortion debate are familiar with arguments for ending a pregnancy when the life of the mother is threatened. Newer legislation, however, will often add the words “or health” of the mother. This post examines the problematic nature of the addition of the words “or health” when describing the pregnancy as a danger to the mother.
If you want to positively impact the world around you, but you’re not sure how to begin, here’s a great way … just smile!
Reactions to both the New York law and the defeated Virginia Bill center around whether or not the developing human fetus is considered a person and on what principles people reach such different conclusions. This post summarizes three perspectives on the issue of personhood.
Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. The law is being called by many pro-life advocates the most aggressive abortion measure…… Read more “A Person is a Person no matter how small … except in New York”
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that civility is a keen interest of mine. I’ve blogged about it, written a book on it…… Read more “Civility Tip of the Week”