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Session: What Is True Relationship?
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What is true and relevant about each perspective, and how can we bring these together to find the meaning of true relationship?
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"Find the spirit of unity, divine care, and likeness of God"
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Find the spirit of unity, divine care, and likeness of God

“The awe that we sense or ought to sense when standing in the presence of a human being is a moment of intuition for the likeness of God which is concealed in his essence. Not only man; even inanimate things stand in a relation to the Creator. The secret of every being is the divine care and concern that are invested in it. Something sacred is at stake in every event.”

“The good is an ontological fact. Love, for example, is more than cooperation, more than feeling and acting together. Love is being together, a mode of existence, not only a state of the soul…The psychological aspect of love, its passion and emotion, is but an aspect of an ontological situation. When man loves man he enters a union which is more than an addition, more than one plus one. To love is to attach oneself to the spirit of unity, to rise to a new level, to enter a new dimension, a spiritual dimension. For, as we have seen, whatever man does to man, he also does to God.”

 

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Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Abraham Heschel
"Recognition of two formidable natures and shared journey of fellow souls"
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Recognition of two formidable natures and shared journey of fellow souls

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to accept him with his friendship…A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."

“That select and sacred relation which is a kind of absolute, and which even leaves the language of love suspicious and common, so much is this purer, and nothing is so much divine.”

“Let it be an alliance of two large formidable natures, mutually beheld, mutually feared, before yet they recognize the deep identity which beneath these disparities unites them… Let him be to thee forever a sort of beautiful enemy, untamable, devoutly revered, and not a trivial conveniency to be soon outgrown and cast aside.”


 

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Addresses the root issue
Flawed, one-sided, or superficial
 
How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Ralph Waldo Emerson
"See a person as a whole and as an end"
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See a person as a whole and as an end

“He must know him not as a mere sum of qualities, aspirations, and inhibitions; he must apprehend him, and affirm him, as a whole…And to give his influence unity and meaning, he must live through this situation in all its aspects not only from his own point of view but also from that of his partner.”

“You is more than It knows. You does more, and more happens to it, than It knows. No deception reaches this far: here is the cradle of actual life.”
“I do not find the human being to whom I say You in any Sometime and Somewhere. I can place him there and have to do this again and again, but immediately he becomes as He or a She, an It, and no longer remains my You.”

“The You encounters me by grace – it cannot be found by seeking. But that I speak the basic word to it is a deed of my whole being, it is my essential deed. The You encounters me. But I enter into a direct relationship to it....I require a You to become; becoming I, I say You. All actual life is encounter.”

 

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Addresses the root issue
Flawed, one-sided, or superficial
 
How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Martin Buber
"See a person as they actually are at present"
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See a person as they actually are at present

“We pay attention to the will of others because that attitude of respect is the essence of community. We discover by living the ‘sweet communion of life’ that it isn’t necessary to honor only one’s own will in all things. Community arises when we discover the interesting, if radical, alternative: finding guidance for our own lives by giving attention to the desires and intentions of others. This is not an obligation, it’s a way of being that invites soul in place of ego.” Thomas Moore, Soul Mates, 110

 

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Addresses the root issue
Flawed, one-sided, or superficial
 
How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
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on April 20, 2018
 
This is the opinion of Thomas Moore
 
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See the Impossible Question for Relationship to learn about Deep Community and Challenges in this field.
Conclusion
Ask the impossible question!
What is most important – and true – about each perspective, especially those you disagree with? Taking all this into account, what do you think is real, deep relationship?
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