"Where Do We Go From Here?" Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 21, 2011 (ጥር Tir 13, 2003 Ethiopian Calendar)
“A Way to Think and Talk Together That Allows Our Collective Common Sense, Wisdom, and Potential to Flourish”
“A Culture of Peace, as defined by the United Nations, is living with a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations. To abolish war and violent conflicts we need to transcend and overcome differences with understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all peoples and cultures. Learning from our diversity, through dialogue and the exchange of information, is an enriching process.
Yet, the concept of dialogue remains elusive and our ability to conduct it with skill can be a challenge.
Dialogue is a conversation in which people think together in relationship. Thinking together implies that you no longer take your own position as final. You relax your grip on certainty and listen to the possibilities that result simply from being in a relationship with others – possibilities that might not otherwise have occurred.”
Most of us believe at some level that we must fix things or change people in order to make them reachable. Dialogue does not call for such behavior. Rather, it asks us to listen for an already existing wholeness, and to create a new kind of association in which we listen deeply to all the views that people may express. It asks that we create a quality of listening and attention that can include — but is larger than — any single view.
Dialogue is a situation in which two people enter in one state, and when they exit; they are changed because some of their ideas have been jolted, enriched, or repelled. That's really what education — and leadership — are all about.
….New Beginning Initiative (NBI is An African Diaspora Initiated New Earth Thinking based on Self and Global Peace, Spiritual Reconciliation and Appropriate Development for our children and children’s children for a Just, Peaceful and Green world….
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