If two people do not agree, at least on a majority of their concepts, then it is almost impossible for them to exist together in harmony, unless one or the other is always prepared to subjugate their views and be passive. Thus it must be true to say that for harmony to exist in a society either every person must actively agree with each and every other person, or anyone who does not agree must passively accept the current ideology.
~excerpt from The Essence of Harmony in a Divergent Society
© Copyright Dr Keith C Marshall, 1974, 1998. All rights reserved
Real communication is impossible when people are not free to take the risk of stating their opinions and disclosing their thoughts. Part of our responsibility for our own well-being is to make ourselves known as we are, so that people are able to deal with us in the way we wish them to. Part of our responsibility is also not to violate the right of other people to express their opinions and make themselves known.
Wherever bias controls relationships, communication is impossible because listening is impossible. The phenomenon of uncivilized confrontation appears daily on the television screen, in conflicts -- shouting matches or worse -- between abortionists and antiabortionists, between groups advocating causes that conflict, between regional groupings, and so on.
~ Carl F. Starkloff, S.J.
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