CHAPTER 1

Time for Change

Evidence That Incivility Is Rampant

One need only turn on the evening news to see that, as humankind, we are in crisis. All around the globe, this crisis is evident in increasing violence, racism, disregard for resources, workplace harassment, corruption, and inconceivable incivility in public discourse. In addition, and more alarming to me, we are also experiencing increasing incidences in widespread apathy, a lack of collective conscience, a deliberate turning away from our responsibilities to each other as human beings, and a troubling inability to engage effectively and civilly.

Related to this, and as an extreme example of incivility, my heart hurts knowing that an estimated 35,000 people die every day due to

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