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otherwise do not behave like members of a civilisation. The rule of thumb here is: first offense will result
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We will further endeavour to remember, as David Brin says, to
"Remind yourself, now and then, to say the following phrase: 'I am a member of a civilisation'
(IAAMOAC). Our society has its flaws, but if you ponder history, and cantankerous human nature, it's
astonishing how far we've come. We just don't say IAAMOAC often enough