What are the Civil Graces?
They are the core values that hold us together as communities, a nation and a world.
The Civil Graces are not just about civility, which unfortunately, is missing in our current debate. They are guiding principles which are part of our social contract with one another, and when they are ignored, our world is filled with division, violence, and unrest. Our founders understood these principles and called them “self-evident,” which means they don’t need to be proven but are ultimate Truths. When you consider that time, it was a war more of ideas than of weapons. The civil discourse was about the rights of humans in contrast to a centralized empire that dictated the rules. It was about creating a more just society away from the domination of one person calling the shots. The people won that debate. We the People are engaged in what scholars call a “second revolution” of ideas just like the first one where we re-articulate what is essential. It is a consciousness revolution. A paradigm shift. A return to a partnership model of society. All of humanity and our planet calls us to wake up and create a world that works for all. Meanwhile, there is a tug-of-war with those struggling to keep control.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident…”
-The preamble to the Declaration of Independence
Civil Graces are core to our national ideal and the partnership model of society: Freedom, Justice, and Equality, though we haven’t always perfected their application. They are timeless beliefs throughout every spiritual tradition and philosophy. Hospitality, Courage, Gratitude, Truthfulness, and Integrity are among others of an ongoing list of what we hold as self-evident.Read More