By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Polish Sociologist Zygmunt Bauman on Dialogue

“I am personally very hopeful and anxious to see the future developments of this pontificate,” Bauman said. “I have been struck by the emphasis Bergoglio places on dialogue: a real dialogue, not just the kind you get by speaking to people who think more or less like you. It’s when you compare ideas with individuals who see things from a completely different point of view that dialogue becomes interesting; in this case, the different sides may very well be driven to change their personal opinions.”

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Blogger: It is indeed amazing how people are stunned when you politely tell them that you disagree with them. It is as if the experience is completely novel to them. I sometimes have to ask them: "Is it OK if I disagree with that?" And sometimes the reaction is an arrogant reluctance to recognize my obvious right to disagree, a right that is not going away, although I might go away and find someone more magnanimous with whom to speak.

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