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“When you go to put out a fire, don’t bring gasoline.”

– Chris Cuomo

A few years ago, at the end of a long day, I was traveling home from my office on the Long Island Railroad. The railcar I was seated in was totally full, with no seats available. A young woman came down the aisle looking for a seat, but could not find one. She looked so pregnant as if she was due to give birth last week. No one stood up to offer her a seat. No one. I quickly got up, and gave her my seat. She could have been my daughter. I wanted to tell the men in that railcar how disappointed I was with them. I wanted to tell the women in that railcar that I was even more disappointed with them, as most had carried unborn babies, themselves. Instead, I bit my lip, and said nothing, but just stood in the aisle the whole ride home, next to the very pregnant young woman. To this day, I think my standing up quietly said more than any words could have. It was one of my proudest moments. I think I affected more people by example. Loud and mean words never say very much, or have much effect, or change many hearts or minds. I hope you agree.

This quote was something I heard on TV last week. It was about reducing the meanness, crudeness and incivility we see and hear so much of lately.
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