In June of 2007 I heard an NPR program on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. There have been many such shows and having a great love for the Middle East and desire for justice, I have an interest in this issue and opinions that are expressed regarding the conflict . The only thing I remember about this particular program was this phrase urging leaders to “stop fighting and begin the language of dialogue!”
What a great phrase – if I had heard this phrase when I still had all my kids at home I would have used it all the time! Imagine walking in to a fight between my kids over legos or who ate the last pickled okra and saying in a loud voice:
STOP FIGHTING AND BEGIN THE LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE!!
Joking aside, if this could be a mantra of most of life and politics there would be much more accomplished. To describe dialogue as a language makes sense. Language learning is difficult and takes time, mistakes are made, idioms are learned and proficiency becomes possible if I keep at it. I imagine beginning a conversation with “Pardon me, do you speak dialogue?” and if they don’t walking away.