The Power and the Good of Connecting to People (But Sometimes Confronting?)
Religious philosophers and moral leaders advise us to 1. emotionally connect with others, 2. resolve conflicts calmly with love 3. if struck by another, do not strike back.
Peter Stringham's words of advice apply to us too, not just to youth in East Boston. Having more compassion for other people and thinking of them as cousins will help us deal with them better. Meditation and cultivating a calm, slow response to confrontation will also help us. But reason doesn't always work to solve problems. Why do you think this is so?
Please think about and share with us your thoughts about the advice described in the first paragraph and if there are or have been situations where you might advise a more confrontational approach. How have you handled a conflict in that situation?