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never let anybody run all over him. Civility—another word with different
meanings for different people. It took us a long time to get back to civility in
this chapter. Thanks to Luis, who brought the chapter full circle and ended
with great examples of civility. He also left a lovely third space image, “where
both parties can coexist for common good and the affirmation of human
dignity.” To me the affirmation of human dignity is the goal of promoting
equity and social justice.
1. What images, feelings, and memories come up for you when you hear
or read the word nice? What does the word civility mean to you?
2. It may be easy to see how Luis’s example of people helping people
during disasters relates to affirming civility. Can you see how working
toward equity and social justice can also be about affirming civility?
3. How can a person stand up for what he or she believes in yet remain
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