Beyond the pale of the willing and unwilling is a realm of both malice and indifference, in which there is no hope of connection. Where the unwilling can be interacted with in a way that changes participants, those entities in the circle of malice and indifference are currently unchanging and unreachable. This outer circle of engagement is that place which would be suicide to enter (King, 1986, p. 180). Across this outer circle of malice and indifference, there may be entities of which we are not aware or that are unaware of the entities in the willing circle. These may be entities that hold so much power and hate for the willing that they would rather destroy than relate.

Figure 5. Outer circle of engagement, malice and indifference

Figure 5. Outer circle of engagement, malice and indifference

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

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