Dialogue is a word that has been rendered almost meaningless by having so many meanings to so many people. Politicians have misappropriated the word and nearly destroyed its usefulness. But there is a deeper meaning to dialogue, having to do with shared exploration through questioning together.
As I see it, dialogue, or inquiry, is the social equivalent of solitary meditation. Awakening the meditative state is an almost inexpressible solitary art, which involves undirected attention to the movement of thought, and a quantum leap in existential awareness. The social counterpart, which is almost as difficult to convey, is the art of questioning together with the intent of igniting mutual insight.
A prime proponent of this kind of dialogue was David Bohm, a physicist of the highest order who Einstein called his “intellectual son.” Later in his life, after his work in quantum physics, Bohm became very interested in the transformation of human consciousness. He proposed questioning together–dialogue in depth–as a means of fostering radical change in human consciousness.
Inquiry entails examining, and going beyond, the narrow range of reaction based on assumptions and unexamined worldviews, which so often pass for communication.
I had the privilege of meeting and participating in a series of superb dialogues … continue reading
Via:: Costa Rican Times