During the beginning of the millennium, I wrote a dozen papers on civility and mailed fifty two-page letters to presidents and corporate CEOs. I recommended the initiation of Friendship Day every August 2 each year. President Bush’s speechwriter used a mailed thirty-page treatise in the first part of his inauguration speech, with three references to civility. Unfortunately, the events of 9/11 reduced any impact the use of civility could have later. Various wars, terror, and disasters proved that greater issues of morality were to be dealt with for the next seventeen years.
Friendships are the universal cures.