Civil discourse isn’t the answer to everything, but uncivil discourse isn’t the answer to anything. (N. T. Wright, British Bible scholar)
There are a lot of pleas around the world for a return to civility. There doesn’t seem to be any venue where there can be calm discussion on the many controversial issues of the day. As Wright says, not everything can be resolved simply because we are civil in our discourse, but it is obvious that the lack of civility isn’t helpful at all.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. (Proverbs 15:2)