Thursday, 21 May 2009

Engaging

At the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, we're used to protestors and street preachers greeting commissioners as they make their way to the Mound. So much so that we pass them by with barely a glance. However, a visiting friend decided to engage with this guy and entered into a lengthy dialogue. They both talked with one another and listened and exchanged views. Neither was changed by the encounter but two human beings met and shared conversation. Isn't that enough? How often we fear those who are different without even attempting to discover common ground. 

1 comment:

Cherie said...

"They both talked with one another and listened and exchanged views."

To me the rational, cordial sharing of views is a huge thing, Liz. Whether it's enough, I don't know. But it's sure a sturdy start.

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