Cultivating cross-cultural understanding involves having the courage to listen carefully and respectfully, and then giving real and heartfelt consideration to what has been communicated. It involves reaching for deeper understanding beyond what was merely said, and into what was meant or intended. It involves considering the greater context of the history and experiences that created the need for the discussion, over what may sometimes be years, decades or even centuries. This type of high-order listening is only possible with great intention, humility and magnanimity.
Respectful communication under conflict or opposition is an essential and truly awe-inspiring ability.
Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.
There is something greater than any nation; it is the spirit which created the nation.
In a blink of the eye humankind can go mad.
Is the new age of information enlightenment the cultural death throes; the passing and expiration of the old humanity to something greater, or is it suicide?
All authoritarians control language, words, and art — to control minds.
The worst authoritarians come as egalitarians.
Civility is not a compulsory mandate, nor is incivility illegal. Inasmuch as all unjust coercion is repugnant — civility, decency, and respect are only beautiful when voluntary.
You cannot make people respectful through intimidation.