In this polarized era, there is wishful talk about making connections—connections between persons who are not familiar with each other, do not know each other, or even sense a kind of fear of each other. One way to set aside fear is to have a dialogue, to move toward the “other” in an intentional conversation, seeing the other as equal. It means to take the time to hear the other and discover what the other is experiencing. To be truly interested in what they are interested in, what is important to them, how they might see a situation. This results best from a dialogue when both parties are willing to learn. This kind of conversation results in new understandings, some common ground, and a new sense of unity. The goal of true dialogue with “the other side” is moving toward a world of peace and harmony. May we all grow in harmony and peace.
By Josue Behnen, OSB