Behaving in a decent and civil manner doesn’t mean we have to allow ourselves to be taken advantage of or abused. It just means we don’t have to act like we believe we’ve been treated. Rather, we should act like we would want to be treated.
Trust is not just a prerequisite for a sound therapeutic relationship. It’s an essential ingredient – perhaps the single most important ingredient – in any relationship, especially our more intimate relationships.
Human beings have an incredible capacity to lie, even to themselves.
In my experience, persons of troubled character tend to seek power ravenously and almost always abuse it when they acquire it. That’s why power is the truest test of character.
…In the many debates currently raging at political rallies, emanating from media outlets, and disseminated through social networking blogs, etc., civility in the discourse is often unfortunately quite conspicuous by its absence.