Daily Mail reports that Texas shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis was one of those "public nuisances."
He kept pestering classmate Shana Fisher for romance. Fed up, she humiliated him in public.
Now she is dead. Fisher might still be alive had she practiced old-fashioned civility. Part of that ethos was never showing disrespect to anyone in public.
It could just be that the myriad incidences of violence, ranging from school shootings to road rage, could restore civility. Society might be scared back into a code of respect all other human beings.
Already, that is happening. A mother I coach warns her 20-something offspring not to horn anyone. In her neighborhood, road rage involved a shooting.
More are returning to the wisdom of the adage: Better to be alive than right.
That saying might have started on the mean streets of Jersey City, New Jersey. You were socialized to be tolerant and not outspoken. That was how to stay alive.
All locations should now be considered mean streets. The odds for not being gunned down are on the side of the civil.
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