Civility and Respect in Today’s World

HONESDALE, Pa. -- There have been a number of instances on the national scene that have some wondering what has happened to being civil to one another.

In Wayne County, signs have been planted at homes and businesses hoping to remind folks that respect is important amidst all that's happening today.

Comedians getting heat for name calling and politicians--including the president--attacking and demeaning people at will: it's all too common nowadays and for some, a feeling that this is not how we should behave.

Laurie Perri has The Mustard Seed Cafe in Waymart, and while she packs up baked goodies in the kitchen, a sign sits out front for everyone to see. It says: "Respect: Think it! Live it!"

"It has become a point that you don't want to turn the TV on," said Perri. "Everyone deserves respect. It doesn't matter who they are or where they come from."

The signs are scattered across Wayne County and beyond, part of the Harmony Project that was started in 2004 during a contentious and sometimes nasty race for president.

Andrew Murphy joined the cause sometime later. He hopes the signs and their message help bridge a deep divide.

"It was contentious then, and it seems to be even more so today," said Murphy. "Actions not words that people will have to continue doing good rather than just thinking good thoughts."

Within the past several years, school districts in Wayne County have adopted what's called Rachel's Challenge, meant to keep kids from bullying others and raise that level of civility at an early age.

"We think respect is lacking across the board in this country," said Jeryl Denoie.

Denoie is one of the many who chose to place respect front and center at her home in Honesdale.

"I hope it's a brief embarrassing moment in our history and that people will rise to the occasion and behave civilly," said Denoie.

Some say the Harmony Project tried for a comeback during the 2016 election but didn't materialize due to a feeling of cynicism. The other three words the Harmony Project hoped to use were: acceptance, gratitude, and compassion.

6 comments

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Dear Mr. Hamill,
    I’d like to congratulate you on a very nice article. Perhaps you could e-mail copies of it to Robert DeNiro, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell, Joy Behar (and the entire cast of “The View”), Joss Whedon, Alyssa Milano, Michael Moore, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the left-leaning media, not to mention the Democratic Party itself. They’ve all been absolutely beside themselves and full of hate, vitriol, obscene insults and outright threats against Donald Trump and his family since he was elected President.
    Should you decide to do so and actually get any responses, please feel free to share them with us here, if any of them are indeed printable. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Silverfish Imperetrix

    • jimbrony

      Nailed it! I was in a waiting room recently that had ‘The View’ on TV. The people on that show were so vile, disgusting, and disrespectful it didn’t take me long to turn it off. The antics of DeNiro, Carrey, Springsteen and others have motivated me to clean out our DVD case and free up some space on my iPod.

  • Feed Me More

    people obviously dont respect one another or themselves since they voted trump in office. i havent met a respectful or loving trump voter yet, all full of hate for life and everything around them

    • Brian Coates

      I voted for Trump, yet I’m not “full of hate for life and everything around” me. Stop spreading FAKE NEWS!

    • jimbrony

      Perhaps if the democratic party offered a candidate a little more palatable than Hillary we wouldn’t have all this so-called hate you see. One thing is for sure though – if all these celebrities and sports figures stay on their present course – and people like yourself continue your jaded views – four more years are guaranteed. There are still far more decent people out there than there are people full of hate. They’re just very quiet and go about their business, and pull the ‘R’ lever in November.

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