1. "Plato described dialogue as a communal meditation ... [and believed] each participant should make a place for the other" (p. 132). How does this view of dialogue fit with current social discourse? How do we move toward this ideal?
2. "Confucius always developed his insights in conversation with other people because in his view we needed this friendly interaction to achieve maturity" (pp. 132-133). What do you think he means by this?
3. What habits do you bring to personal and professional discussions or arguments? Do you make a "place for the other" or simply try to advance your argument?
1. Read through Armstrong's questions on pages 141-142 to help you analyze and be more mindful of the way you approach discussions and arguments.
2. Observe how you speak to others. Observe how those around you speak to each other and to you. Notice when your own emotions and reactions arise in each situation and how they affect your interactions.
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life ~ by Karen Armstrong, 2010