Music and the Spoken Word

Embracing Civility - Sunday, February 24, 2019

We’ve all experienced it: a family member, a coworker, or a perfect stranger says or does something to us that is downright rude. Maybe it was an impolite comment, an offensive joke, or some other sign of disrespect. Yes, we’ve all been on the receiving end of such incivility, and perhaps, from time to time, we’ve even been on the giving end.

Why does this happen? Is it because we let the stresses and busyness of life fray our nerves and sap our self-control? Or do some people actually believe that incivility is good for success? Perhaps they think that being brash and impulsive somehow helps them get ahead in life.

The research shows otherwise. Georgetown University professor Christine Porath, who has researched civility for many years, found that people who are civil are viewed as better leaders. And their civility lifts the people they lead, resulting in more productivity and more creative ideas.

“Civility lifts people up,” she says. “We will get people to give more and function at their best if we’re civil. Incivility hijacks performance. It robs people of their potential. . . . When we have more civil environments we are more productive, creative, helpful, happy and healthy. We can do better. Each one of us can lift others up.”

To do that, there are some obvious behaviors we ought to avoid: criticizing, mocking, or ignoring others. But just as important are the things we do instead. Do we compliment people on a job well done? Do we listen and seek to understand another person’s views? Do we give others the benefit of the doubt? Do our words, our actions, and even the expression on our face communicate to people around us that we value and respect them?

Think what could happen in our homes, offices, classrooms, and countless other places if we just treated others with more civility. Think what could happen to our relationships, to our health and well-being. Yes, life is stressful and often uncivil, but we can change that—little by little—as we choose to embrace civility.
February 24, 2019
Broadcast Number 4,667

The Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square

Mack Wilberg
Ryan Murphy

Andrew Unsworth

Lloyd Newell

Standing on the Promises
Russell K. Carter; arr. Ryan Murphy

The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare
Dmitri Bortniansky; arr. Mack Wilberg

Final, from Symphony no. 1
Louis Vierne

Where Is Love? from Oliver!
Lionel Bart; arr. Michael Davis

Love One Another
Luacine Clark Fox; arr. Mack Wilberg

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Mack Wilberg