Sep 26, 2009
It's one thing to describe how something might be done, it is
another to actually succeed in doing it.
Conciliation (and reconciliation) seems to me to be a sufficiently hot topic that I felt it necessary to devote a second episode to actually getting it done. After all, it is easy to say that something can be done, or that it should be done. But in this case, it seems to me that you deserve more than just sayings.
After all, some of the principles and polarities which deserve conciliation or reconciliation are some of the same ones which inspire closed-mindedness on both sides of the issue - regardless of the issue. And, there will be those who will refuse to believe that there can ever be conciliation. But for the rest of us, there's something to be learned, discovered, and appreciated.
A good starting point is that eternal source of strife, the argument between evolution and creationism. I have resolved the issue within myself to the point that I no longer see the need for disagreement between the two. But, on the one side you'll have your creationists who do not wish to be confronted with facts beyond the scope of their narrow interpretation. And on the other side, there are those whose replacement for The Divine is nothing more than "random coincidence."
Of course, if we go down this path, we are going to discover some other concepts which we might not have thought of, such as how to have unity without homogenzing ourselves!
Just how much might we be able to find conciliation or reconciliation for? If we do, we can expect some good things!