Return to Krista's Korner

"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, February 24, 2006

The moral conversation

MOM - Not Otherwise Specified: Blogs, autism, and the moral conversation: "the moral conversation seeks to provide a framework for engaging with others about difficult, potentially divisive issues in a manner that emphasizes the fundamental worth and dignity of all those involved. Its central premise is deceptively simple:

First, find the truth in what you oppose and the error in what you espouse.
Then and only then can you declare the truth in what you espouse and the error in what you oppose.

It sounds easy; it's not. The moral conversation is not about maintaining a superficial tolerance for ideas with which we disagree. It's not about listening politely and acknowledging to others that they 'make a good point.' It's about truly engaging with the ideas we resist: trying them on; walking around in them for a while; running them through multiple filters; and searching, searching, searching for the truths that lie within them. Because, usually, the truths are there. They are small 't' truths: not universal, not unassailable, but truths nonetheless."

This is the first I have heard of this concept... I like it.