Civility Shines' founder, Louis Peerless, made a decision in 2012 that he could and should create a plan of action, a program for the greater good. Having nearly lost his life to a bacterial infection and sepsis, with a second chance at life and a positive spirit, Peerless authored his book,
Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" and created a program, "Civility Shines", using the book as a reference tool.
Peerless wrote his handbook on Civility and Civil Behavior over the course of three years, from 2013 through mid-2015. Then the nightmare of getting the book published began. The publisher with whom Peerless contracted vanished - gone.
As that Publisher kept control of the ISBN number for the book, originally titled "Civility Shines". Peerless edited the book, mandated for issuance of a new ISBN number, ultimately publishing the book as Peerless Authors in June 2018, working
in conjunction with Ingram Press as
Printer and Distributor.
The foundation of "Civility Shines", the Organization includes the book and Civility Clubs, with a mission of choosing civility as a way of life and highlighting community involvement and random kindness.
Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" is a handbook on civility and civil behavior. The premise of the book is that it is easier to get along and that life with a cooperative reality is a better, more pleasant way to spend our daily lives.
Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" was written for students, not as part of a curriculum, but as an adjunct thereto, distributed to students to supplement their formal education.
We hope that the book is read with its messages absorbed by Junior High School students. In a best case scenario, with the School's encouragement, the book goes home, providing numerous topics for family discussion and as an addition to the family library.
We strongly advocate that a poster, shown elsewhere on the website, be placed in as many libraries, school offices and other selected venues across the United States and beyond. Check out the Library Poster and be in touch if there is a library in your community.
We are raising funds at
We are also looking for volunteers. Funds will be used to purchase additional books for distribution to schools, Clergy and other selected recipients. These books will be purchased from the Publisher at cost (Peerless will receive no royalties).
Presently our subscribers are mostly in and around Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Generally, our subscribers are people who embrace civility and random kindness as a way of life. If our work and the activities we suggest are of interest, we'll increase our ranks.
Ultimately, we will get subscribers by word of mouth as the word gets out that there is an organization that promotes civility and civil behavior.
As you are reading this, we'll assume your interest and suggest a contribution. Your gift will allow us to expand our reach substantially. Increased subscribership will allow us to continue to produce educational materials for students, through schools and congregations.
Quite regularly, I hear the phrase ‘slow computer’. I'm perplexed as it takes maybe 20 seconds or even 60 seconds for an Internet page to come up on the screen. The search engine has gone through thousands (millions?) of mini-communications in order to bring the user a wide variety of subjects from which to choose.
The other day, I was looking up vacation information and entered the phrase Seattle highlights. Using Google as the search engine, in 0.33seconds, I was presented with 15,700,000 results. As with any information search, the top 3–5 websites are probably all that I needed in order to make plans. There was a time not long ago that in order to plan a vacation, there were calls to travel agents asking for help or calls to the airlines to learn about flight possibilities. Now what we do is get on to the information highway through our computers. In many cases there is no longer a need to be in contact with a travel agency and the airlines make it very clear that if their personnel have to do any work on scheduling flights,
there are additional charges.
Taking the human contact out of daily tasks is not in the best interests of civility.
Our computers make this possible. Were we to do a study of how long it currently takes to obtain information and schedule a vacation, as against the same need 30 years ago, there is no question as to what is fast and what is slow. My first computer was an Apple II+. There was no RAM; there was no hard drive; there were thin floppy disks that were both fragile and sensitive. I recall entering data on an investment analysis and switching floppy disks back and forth so that the computer could do its calculations. At that time an investment analysis took between 3 and 4 hours to complete and print out on our dot matrix printers. Making changes was tedious.
There are now programs that can perform investment analyses in less than a minute of computation time. We have come a long way since Fortran IV and lining up punch cards to be read by a computer that has its own room. I remain convinced that the speed with which computers can provide information has given us expectations that information is at our fingertips. Therefore we only need wait for a precious few seconds in order to be quickly gratified. Once again, “urgency where there is none.”
Our expectations for immediacy have created that problem.
Me, me, me and now, now, now!
Today's computers work at lightning speed to provide information almost instantaneously. While expensive, in the scheme of things, computers are generally a worthwhile investment. For those of you who feel the need to complain about your slow computers, two words come to mind: “carbon paper”.
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