A DAY WITHOUT POLITICS – By The Urgency of Civility – A Springboard for Action

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October 20 has been designated a Day Without Politics, to allow all the other important, non-political, issues of the day to rise to the fore.

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It is important to take time out of our daily lives to reflect upon our past in order to improve the future. Today, the political incivility has divided leader against leader, political party against political party, and most damaging of all, family member against family member. The family unit, the basis for a successful community, is being destroyed by many forces, not the least of which is the incivility experienced within the family unit when politics is discussed. We cannot allow this to continue. Society needs to find a way to learn that we can take a single day out of our lives to reflect upon our current environment and discuss anything OTHER THAN POLITICS, and then share that spirit with the greater world.

There is much going on within our communities, both good and bad, that is worthy of civilized discussion besides politics. This special day would be like a “mental sorbet,” whereby we can cleanse our minds from the ugliness of uncivil political discussion and look to the brighter side of life.

Centuries ago, Freemasons learned the value of not discussing politics within the walls of their lodges, and in doing so, experienced further inclusiveness that further encouraged successful fellowship. Let’s make October 20th of each year “A Day Without Politics” whereby we reflect upon our past and open our minds to see all the other good in our community in order to improve our future.

To make this happen, we invite:
(1)     Individuals to save the date of October 20th so they might enjoy the solace that comes from celebrating the good that is done within their communities without political commentary;
(2)    Each individual to remind their family members, friends, neighbors social groups, clubs and fraternities/sororities to do the same;
(3)    Each local, state and federal government leader to join together in a bipartisan effort to formally adopt October 20th of each year as their local, state and federal “A Day Without Politics Day;” and lastly,
(4)    The media to examine the goals of “The Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action,” the “Masonic Family Civility Project,” and this “A Day Without Politics” effort and, wherever possible, provide information about “The Day Without Politics” to the public so they might enjoy the benefits of an effort to make the world a better place.

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