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commented on Feb. 23, 2012
I'm seeing a fair amount of Agreement and Disagreement in our Discussions. At times its explicit, polite. At other times implied, contentious, defensive, ingratiating, etc.. So, it makes me wonder the purpose of 'Discussion'.
..... If discussion is used to assert ones opinions, to build an image, to 'sell' something, then it is quite important- Agreement and Disagreement. If in discussion one unwittingly avoids fearsome areas, seeks safety in the 'group', etc., again Agreement and Disagreement are important.
...... But, to the inquiring mind it is not agreement that discovers truth nor what is real. In fact, it obscures it, perhaps even thinking that voting on truth makes a difference to truth.
..... My view of the inquiring mind is one that is supple, tentative about what is 'knows', affectionate, humorous, affirming & respectful of others, open, creative. Yet this mind has strength, courage, innocence... to stand alone, to take risk, to be hurt, to be free!
So, I post this to shine a light on what we're doing. Do you look with the innocent eyes of a curious excited child? If not, then be your own quest. Teach us to listen and love your diverse intellect, to discover ourselves in you.