(by David Kranes )
“We are bodies that learn language.”
“The best things cannot be told; the second best
are misunderstood. After that comes civilized
conversation; after that, mass indoctrination; after
that, intercultural exchange.”
To genuinely “speak” is so powerful that few do it. And those who do speak do it rarely. Human beings use dialogue to avoid speaking. Dialogue is the dance we do to avoid the music. It is, in Harold Pinter’s words, “the speech to cover speech.”
Dialogue is one of the tools we have for negotiating what we want and for negotiating our relationships.