It would be the end of the project if we abandon it, and become a more extreme version of Rosenberg’s Giraffe, become an archetype that is not even willing to cross thresholds from intramural group to meet with the other. If we abandon the project at this point, we become the unwilling counter part to the willing Giraffe. The unwilling intramural, or collective, archetype is the Geoduck. The Geoduck is an animal that lives beneath the sand, hiding away from danger; digging itself deeper to escape.

At this point, in addition to the willing Giraffe and Jackal, there are now the archtypes of the unwilling intramural, the Geoduck, and the unwilling intermural, the Hyena:

Figure 4. Willing and unwilling circles of engagement

Figure 4. Willing and unwilling circles of engagement

I represent willingness and unwillingness as levels of engagement, which in this diagram are what I call “circles of engagement.” In the diagram, the unwilling overlap with the willing version of themselves. For example, the unwilling collective archetype may be willing to connect with the willing version of itself even where crossing the threshold into dialogic time and space with the willing and unwilling autonomous archetypes. I suspect that this is the way in which the circle of the willing is expanded: the willing constantly offer thoughtful invitations to the unwilling versions of themselves to join the dialogical time and space. The willing archetypes model behavior for others.

The boundary of the willing circle of engagement represents the necessary willingness that is a component and boundary of enabling dialogical space.

Posted by John Bell on December 10, 2006
Tags: The Fifth Principle of Dialogue

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