Civility is a rare commodity these days — in fact, courtliness and consideration seem downright superfluous in many circles. And yet it is no less true than ever that protecting each other's dignity through thoughtful actions and kind speech hold together humanity and our wider circle of relations with the Earth and her creatures.

In this topic's many selections — articles, blog posts, books, films, quotes, and more — you will find ancient teachings about and contemporary depictions of what it means to be civil and how to develop this essential quality. Like any spiritual practice, the practice of civility begins with training in specifics as seemingly insignificant as how to close a door without slamming it, and from there it expands out to being a quality that pervades a person's entire demeanor. Thank you for giving time to deepen your understanding of civility through these resources!