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NCDD-DISCUSSION  May 2016, Week 1

NCDD-DISCUSSION May 2016, Week 1

Subject:

Re: question: the dimensions of DD practice? (might be a good topic for the conference)

From:

"Mr. David King" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Mr. David King

Date:

Thu, 5 May 2016 21:12:17 -0700

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I sit quietly on the edge of this stream, frequently fascinated by what 
goes past.  What is upstream, and what rich and fruitful delta lies 
downstream?

It often seems that contributors focus on DD as an arcane practice 
somehow 'set apart' from the ordinary work of citizenship.  We refer to 
ourselves as students, or neophytes, or skilled practitioners.  In any 
case, we talk about DD as though it is something we 'bring' to the 
citizenry in difficult circumstances; something they will be without 
once we depart the scene.   (This is a generalization, I know.)

Most of us (citizens) have lost most of the skills associated with:
1)  awareness of the danger that threatens us when we don't know what we 
don't know;
2)  fearless exploration of deep reality (rather than a frightened 
insistence on superficial myths and stereotypes);
3.  inquiry that is initially wide-open 
(appreciative/tolerant/diversity-seeking), and ultimately focus- and 
progress-seeking;
3)  difficult conversations about contentious matters; and
4)  collaboration in action for justice, good stewardship, and right living.

More devastating than the loss of any (or all) skill-sets is the loss of 
hope, trust, and coherence around what we want for ourselves and our 
children, our neighbours and our planet.

Practitioners should be concerned about more than the episode of the 
moment or a preferred practice.  In every situation the goal should be 
to make the most of the particular and also to make the particular a 
teachable moment that citizens can absorb and generalize from, and take  
into other life issues and situations.  Citizenship is not a matter of 
fateful situations and events:  it is a matter of everything said and 
done (or unsaid and undone) whenever we are "in public", being "the 
public".  We need to have everyone imbued with DD, and living it moment 
by moment, in public.  Eventually I would rather have a 'priesthood of 
all believers' than an extensive and well-schooled "priesthood set apart".

I look forward to the day that an NCDD convention attracts 30,000 people 
(still smaller than a Rotary convention).

David King
#108, 2277 - Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, B.C.  V8R1G6
res. ph. no:  778-440-0404
cell ph. no:  250-589-5402

"The future belongs to those who can give the next generation reasons to 
hope."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change 
something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"  - 
Buckminster Fuller (who was paraphrasing Socrates).


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