I teach my students that we can find unity in our democracy through the use of civil discourse -- a way of speaking to each other that begins with trying to see the other person's point of view and how that view might have been shaped. I use the acronym EUREKA to identify the steps in civil discourse: As we speak to others, we seek to express EMPATHY with the other, then UNDERSTANDING of that person's position, then RESPECT for the position, then ENDORSEMENT of some of that view if that is possible for us, then we seek KOMMON GROUND (poetic license) and then, and only then do we ASSERT our own position. We INVITE others to see the world as we do. Civil discourse is a form of invitational rhetoric.
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