Dialogue

“The present day shows with appalling clarity how little able people are to let the other man’s argument count, although this capacity is a fundamental and indispensable condition for any human community. Everyone who proposes to come to terms with himself must reckon with this basic problem. For, to the degree that he does not admit the validity of the other person, he denies the ‘other’ within himself the right to exist–and vice-versa. The capacity for inner dialogue is a touchstone for outer objectivity.”  (C. G. Jung, Collected Works 8, para. 187).

4 responses

  1. Rudolf Steiner and those inspired by him have talked about a sort of passive openness, in which you are truly listening and holding in abeyance any opinions or plans for how you respond but that still involves an inner process and response. Steiner talked about speaking as in a sense antisocial, because you are pressing yourself on others, and listening as inherently social, because you are opening yourself to the other.

  2. I’ve been thinking about this lately, not this particularly but greys. I used to live in black and white, me and them, right and wrong. I have been propelled into a world of greys where kindness lives right beside cruelty and right and wrong coexist, in fact, cannot be separated anymore. Yin and Yang.

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