This morning, Hariod Brawn and I exchanged these ideas sparked by a remark I made in the post Living the Love of Wisdom: Spirals of Transformation.
I think this is worth sharing as an example of “dialogue” in its literal sense. The word does not refer to a conversation between two people. The prefix “dia” means “through” as in diaphanous or diagram. “Logue” comes from Logos, that has many meanings in Greek, but it generally refers to the process of thought. So “dialogue” could perhaps be best understood as “Thinking something through together,” whether between two people or among thirty. In the following brief exchange, we are working together toward a deeper common understanding of cultural and philosophical trends that we both care about. Rather than “answering questions,” we are probing possibilities, and sharing insights and experiences. Parker Palmer has defined Philosophy as “the eternal conversation about things that truly matter.” I think the blogosphere has become a marvelous forum for enlivening this eternal conversation, and it is my hope that the following might be seen as a brief verse in the song of wisdom.