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Andre Jackson- Some of the news items in recent weeks made me think of something I had read about acceptance (“Getting Together – Building Relationships As We Negotiate” by Fisher and Brown, 1988). These days we talk much about “tolerance”, but there seems to be a fine difference.
Acceptance comes first: First we need to recognize the other party, only then can there be a question of how we deal with them.
Why does this need to be pointed out? Well, when we are in a conflict with somebody, rejecting (i.e. not accepting) them is tantamount to pretending that there is no interdependency between the parties. But when in conflict, such an interdependency is a fact and a reality.
Arnold Zeman- Last night on television's Saturday Night Live, Montreal-based rock band Arcade Fire wore the Quebec student movement's emblematic red squares and, in doing so, focused attention on the unrest that has been taking place in the province over the last 14 weeks about proposed tuition increases.
Here's one example of the public discourse about the student protest:
On Wednesday, a masked enforcement squad swept through the campus at the Université du Québec à Montréal, hunting for students who had dared to show up for class. Wherever they found a class in session, they broke in and shouted “Scab!” in the students’ faces. The enforcement squad was defying a court injunction that ordered the university to open. They jumped on desks and tables and spray-painted slogans on the classroom walls. They grabbed two female students by the arm and told them to get out. [...]
Cinnie Noble- It is common when we are in conflict that different parts of us emerge. Some are familiar to us and some parts we do not recognize. Some parts reflect what we think is appropriate for the situation. Some are the inner voices that question our actions and challenge our intentions. Some are our dark sides we try to suppress. These and other possible parts of us form the many layers that are within us as we find ourselves confused and conflicted about a dispute and its dynamic that are adversely affecting us.