George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility



RUNNELS COUNTY – Considering the state of the nation today, perhaps the most interesting celebration of a month is August’s national victory with civility. The past 12 months have been filled with pandemic, masks, non-masks, pro-vaccination, anti-vaccination, social unrest, and now Delta has struck. That being said, Delta may not be the worst variant of COVID we face. Beta and gamma variants are now looming on Delta. Spirits and disagreements were hotter than an August day in West Texas. Maybe a little civility is in order.

National Win with Civility Month is part of the celebration of International Civility Month which began in August 2010. According to, “The initiative was founded by the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She was inspired by Dr PM. Forni, professor of civility at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Caring Behavior.” The idea of ​​raising awareness of civility was put forward in 2008 by Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Carole Ann Lyons and Katherine Wurzburg of AICI, as well as by the AICI Marketing Committee. “

The website offers its 10 keys to civility; respect others; think positively; Pay attention; make a difference; speak nicely; say thank you; accept others; to find silence again; Listen; stay calm.

It’s probably safe to say that these 10 Keys to Civility haven’t been used in many disagreements since March 2020. vs vacc, etc. The firestorm of politics is dividing more than ever before. Politicians stand on the podium and swear at opposing party members or denigrate and slander them as they call for unity. Many of those who are supposed to lead by example clearly haven’t read these 10 Keys to Civility.

Social media is abuzz with heated discussions for both sides of the myriad of issues at stake right now. Many of these discussions are nothing more than arguments with each side professing why they are right, and the other side is wrong. Civility is the furthest thing from the majority of these conversations.

Times have certainly changed since Founding Father General George Washington copied and wrote 110 Rules of civility and decent behavior in society and conversation. The rules were based on a set of 16th century precepts compiled for “young gentlemen” by Jesuit instructors.

Washington, which ruled a thriving nation against one of the most powerful military behemoths in the world at the time, has apparently always had time for civility. Perhaps this is why Washington was so highly respected by its enemies during and after the War of Independence.

Washington was a great military strategist, leading outnumbered farmers, clergy and store clerks against a British army and navy with some of the best soldiers and sailors in the world. As the first President of the United States, he spent 8 years working on trade deals and dealing with the superpower he had just defeated on the battlefield.

Washington has earned respect in the hearts and minds of old subjects of King George III in America. There is no doubt that his practice of these 110 rules of civility played a vital role in his duties as commanding general and, later, government as president, as well as in diplomacy when dealing with foreign nations. .

Perhaps this is the best time in our recent history to put these 10 Rules of Civility into practice, if not the complete 110 Rules that Washington has lived by and guided his country by. There is no doubt that kindness, civility, and respect go far beyond anger, resentment, and outrage. As temperaments and temperatures soar in August, this could be a great time to celebrate civility, practicing the virtues of civility, whether it’s winning or losing.

Washington considered that there was a title greater than that of “general” or “president”: “I hope that I will possess enough steadfastness and virtue to retain what I consider to be the most enviable of all. titles, the character of an honest man. “

It has been almost 222 years since Washington’s death. Yet his words are ageless, bound not by a calendar, but by his character: “Do not utter abusive words, neither in jest nor for good; make fun of no one although they give the opportunity.

There are still two weeks left in the Win by Civility month. The following quote from the Founding Father was to be respected, whether in the presence of friends or enemies, and seems the most appropriate for the current state of the country, “Every action accomplished in society must be with some sign of respect towards those who are present. “


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