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    Civility based on civilisation is just a construct.

    People are nothing but social animals living by the rules of society, which calls itself civic.
    Civic based on what? Traditions, rules regulations, mannerisms, taught religious and moral values, duties.
    All of which is learned behaviour.
    This concoction of tough words is what forms a civilized man/woman this is what separates him/her from criminals and those who disobey their duty, don't follow norms of society.
    No one can claim to be civic without going through all the conditioning he/she goes through in her/his lifetime.

    But ultimately civility is about what your consciousness tells you to do after learning all these learned behaviours of society. Sometimes a criminal can be found at the top rungs of society despite being outwardly polite having so-called social civility but completely corrupt with no moral values. While at other times you can find an IAS officer be the son/daughter at the house of a thief. Because even learned behaviour and learned civility depends on one's consciousness.
    We are taught to respect elders, we are taught to be obedient, and speak only when required but at times we need to break all these things and learn civility. That does not make us less civilised.
    It is the empathy we have towards others and respect that comes from within which makes us civic and in such scenarios morality and civility often gets interchanged.
    For every civilisation, other civilisation looked barbaric and less civil be it Egyptians, Greeks, Romans later Britishers. Whoever rules his/her notions of civility becomes the notions of that civilisation too.
    But one should keep in mind it is feelings of empathy one feels towards the other despite gender, caste, age and religion and gives them respect as such decides his/her civility and not the learned behaviours and rules and regulations.
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    We have the past history and the behavior of the people which shown us time and again that those who valued and regarded the civilization for them the civility is the ideal way of behaving. They always inculcated good mannerism which can be understood from their behaviors with others. If you have good manners, that must be operated with broad mind so that the civility looks wholesome and not in constrained format. The way we walk sideways, the way we behave at the dinning table, the table manners, are all part of the civility and not everyone follows the rule and those who drawn the knowledge from their past and their behavior with the peer group are bound to follow the same. And the person with good civility can alone give wholesome advice of no flaw because be has come through varied experience.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #748374
    The author has given a good definition of understanding civilization. It is true that from our history we have been taking information about different civilizations, some of which have emerged as backward and some modern civilizations. But civilization only explains the aspect of living a life in which human beings know to respect themselves and others along with rules. It is really necessary that civilization should not be imposed because it does not remain static, but with the passage of time, small changes keep coming in the civilization which later takes a big form.


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