An Example of Simple Civility

We all need more examples of public civility, so I think I’ll start collecting them. Here’s one in the category of simple civility; an exchange between a shopper and storekeeper in southern Calif.:

I went to a Middle Eastern deli owned by some people from Lebanon, where I buy sumac, a spice common to the Middle East. I saluted them in Arabic, and we continued to chat in Arabic. I noticed an icon on the back counter and realized
they were Christian and laughed that wishing them a happy end to Ramadan probably wasn’t necessary.

They laughed too, not at all offended that I had assumed they were Muslims. On my way out the owner switched from Arabic and wished me a Shanah Tovah – Hebrew for Happy New Year.

This is how the world is more often than not.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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