Mediation Theory and Practice, Vol 3, No 1 (2018)

Why dialogue in politics?

Kenneth Cloke
Issued Date: 22 Oct 2018


We live in terror because dialogue is no longer possible, because man has surrendered entirely to history, because he can no longer find that part of himself, every bit as real as history, that sees beauty in the world and in human faces. We live in a world of abstractions, bureaucracies and machines, absolute ideas, and crude messianism. We suffocate among people who think they are right in their machines as well as their ideas. For those who can live only with dialogue, only with the friendship of men, this silence means the end of the world.
Albert Camus

If the future of mankind is not to be jeopardised by conflicting spheres of civilisation and culture, we have no alternative but to shift the ray of our attention from that which separates us to that which unites us. Mine is a vision of a United Nations consisting not - as happens so frequently today - of divided nations but of united people, belonging to a world in jeopardy which can be saved only by uniting all human forces.
Vaclav Havel

Being right can stop the momentum of a very interesting idea.
Robert Rauschenberg

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