By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor
If observers of history are correct, America may be in more trouble than most of its citizens realize and for a reason not often highlighted in the news. While the national debt, war on terror and a presidential election dominate headlines and newscasts, the decline of civility may be the most ominous issue facing the United States.
The deterioration of civility, according to many historians, served as a key factor in the decline and disappearance of the “enlightened” cultures of Greece and Rome. For some students of history, the decay of civility served as the linchpin for the ancient civilizations’ ultimate demise.
Civility refers to the behavior between members of society that create a social code. It is a foundational principle of a civilized society.