It's pretty hard to get people to treat each other nicely.

I don't want to overstate the problem, it's usually a problem on social media, but rudeness and worse are pretty prevalent in the real world as well. It all comes down to empathy or a lack of it. Empathy is your ability to identify with the thoughts and feelings of others.  A lot of people just don't care about anyone else, as long as they get theirs.

Let's get back to civility proper. The quickest definition of civility is politeness.  I was able to witness thousands of acts of civility over the past month and I thought I'd pass it along. For some reason, despite all of the terribleness in the world, people will go out of their way to help, assist or even stop what they are doing while someone is taking a picture.

I saw this hundreds of times. Someone would ask a stranger to take a picture and the strangers were always happy to help. I saw people hurrying to get in their car on a cold night and pause because they didn't want to walk in front of someone taking a picture. I just saw people helping other people have fun.

Yeah, maybe they just identify with the narcissism of taking pictures, or maybe they're afraid to get put on the spot, but it sure didn't seem that way. It just seemed like nice people helping nice people and it was pretty awesome.

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