In this post I’m going to temper the constant media barrage of negativity with words that denote cooperation and friendly relations among people who are engaged in the same activity. These are words I’d like to see used more frequently to describe what is happening in government.
collegiality noun: the cooperative relationship of colleagues.
collegial adjective: marked by camaraderie among colleagues
colleague noun: One who is associated with others in office or special employment.
cooperation noun: the action of cooperating, i.e. of working together towards the same end, purpose, or effect; joint operation
cooperative adjective: Having the quality or function of cooperating; working together or with others to the same end; of or pertaining to cooperation.
harmony noun: agreement, accord, congruity.
“in harmony” phrase: in agreement or accordance, consistent, congruous.
harmonious adjective: marked by harmony, agreement, or concord; agreeing, accordant, concordant, congruous; having the parts or elements in accord so as to form a consistent or agreeable whole.
unity noun: the quality or condition of being of one mind, feeling, opinion, purpose, or action; concord or harmony among several people, groups, institutions, states or between two or more.
united adjective: joined together by a common interest, feeling, or cause; characterized by unity, harmony, or agreement.
collaboration noun: cooperation, especially in literary, artistic, or scientific work.
collaborative adjective: characterized by, based upon, or produced in collaboration; cooperative.
Here are a few recent examples of some of these words actually being used in the context of government:
We do, however, have a mandate from the people on a clear platform, and we intend to legislate that mandate. But we want to do it in a collegial and constructive way,” he said.
Unlike the 2015 session, which ended in a gridlock over the annual budget and with the House abruptly leaving three days early, this year’s session is much more harmonious, with lawmakers already passing major leadership priorities in the early weeks of the session.—Gainesville Sun.
I thank Senator DeWine (R) not only for his kind words but, again, his ongoing efforts, always with the tone of utmost collegiality when he worked with me, and his staff.—Barbara Mikulski (D).
While Cadman (R) focused on TABOR funds and improving school safety, Democrat and former Senate President Morgan Carroll struck a tone of cooperation for the few months of work ahead.