What are the Civil Graces?
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident…”
-The preamble to the Declaration of Independence
What are the Civil Graces? They are the core values that hold us together as a community and a nation. The Civil Graces are more than treating each other nicely though unfortunately, civility is missing in our current debate. 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. 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. 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.
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 Friendship are among others of an ongoing list of what we hold as self-evident.Read More