“Civility” does not mean we cannot speak bluntly or even painfully. “Civility” means we remember that the purpose of human language is communication above all else. “Civility” is keeping our reason when others have forfeited theirs. It is remembering that ridicule is not refutation. “Civility” is remembering our sacred duty to keep communicating even when others are using language only to taunt. “Civility” is holding onto the holy torch of reason, not only because our opponent might listen, but also because we ourselves do not wish to grope in the dark.