Friday, June 02, 2006
One person spoke about the attempts (once again) to establish a national Department of Peace off the ground. There was division on this issue. Some supported it, and others thought it “silly” and basically a waste of effort. The reasons were very analogous to our struggles, as it boiled down to a question of: do you work to make changes from within a (corrupt) system, or not. Kinda like the question of whether to reform adoption or do away with it.
While of course no conclusions were reached, what amazed me was how polite everyone was, The worst word said was “silly.” There was no name calling, No one got offended, not even the person who put forth the DOP idea and asked for support on it. No one screamed or stomped out in a huff, nor did I see any side comments being made or snickering.
It was truly amazing to see people discuss an issue in an adult, intelligent fashion and air different points of view, and truly listen to one another.
Maybe there’s more hope for world peace than there is to reconstruct adoption!