During the past four years, we have witnessed a dramatic erosion of norms, ethics, and civility, under the reign of a president who prided himself on having no allegiance to any of those requirements of life in a democracy. Norms, ethics, and civility were cast aside as encumbrances, like nuisances.

Nancy Flanagan writes here about the role of these unspoken, assumed practices in our lives. How they are sometimes constraints, sometimes naught but prejudices that we absorbed in our families. She describes the evolution in her own thinking and explains why education is so important is raising our understanding of what is required of us to live in peace with others.