Many of us fall into habitual patterns of selfishness when speaking with others: interrupting, not listening, and constantly shifting the conversation to ourselves. Living in such a “me-centered” version of reality leaves little room to accommodate divergent perspectives.
Dialogue is a special partnership–based on mutual respect–that that is the central method for discovering and exploring human truths, and it is the best means we have to nurture understanding and tolerance. In this talk, professor Tony Osborne traces dialogue to its ancient roots and discusses its pre-conditions, such as the necessity of quieting the ego and suppressing the urge to “one-up” the other. Cultivating a desire to engage in dialogue teaches humility and broadens a person’s horizons. Discover how at the deepest levels, dialogue may even bring about inner and outer serenity while checking aggressive impulses, which can be directed without—or within.
- May 21, 2017
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane
4340 W Fort George Wright Drive Spokane, WA 99224 United States
About Speakers Bureau Events
Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.