Here’s an idea that I like. Regardless of your particular religious affiliation or lack thereof, the notion the we all need to ask forgiveness and we all need to be nice is a good street sign. I first saw this sign at 25 or 30 miles per hour as I was headed out of town and I thought it simply said “Forgive” and “Be Nice” and I liked it then. Today I stopped to take a picture of it and realized it isn’t so much a command or suggestion, as it is a plea and a question. In small letters next to “Forgive” is the word “me,” and just above “Be Nice” in equally small letters are the words “can you.”
I have a fair number of opinions. Many times I probably share them a little more forcefully than necessary. More and more, I am thinking that while discourse and argument are not in and of themselves bad things, today’s world of electronic posting and tagging makes it a little too easy to forget there is a human looking at the other side of that screen somewhere. So we might want to think, as we make our points with wit and force, to every once and a while ask for forgiveness if we get a little out of line, or suggest being nice as a more appropriate response.
The information superhighway is wide and wonderful and fast. But it doesn’t have enough really good street signs yet. Forgive me. Can you be nice?