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Rules of Engagement

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Rules of Engagement


[excerpted from wikipedia, franklin's original rules] - suggest to revise these into present day verbiage



  1. Have you any particular disrespect to any present members? Answer. I have not.
  2. Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general, of what profession or religion soever? Answer. I do.
  3. Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name, or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship? Answer. No.
  4. Do you love truth for truth's sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others? Answer. Yes.


my interpretation (venessa):


1. Mutual Respect: the ability to acknowledge and empathize with the viewpoint of another.


Remain mindful throughout the exchange that a goal of the dialogue is to "see" the viewpoint of the other - not to accept it or agree with it, but simply to attempt to understand the value system of the other person, their "mental model", that would indicate WHY they think what they think


2. Shared Universal Principles: the attempt to find common ground in "the big picture"


Beneath our individual or cultural differences, which are necessary expressions of the diversity of humans, is a common ground. In this realm, there is an appreciation for the greater good we all seek - the desire to thrive, the ability to cooperate while still retaining individuality, and to collaborate on problems that simply cannot be solved alone.


3. The Spirit of Inquiry: the quest for understanding 


One of the main objectives of dialogue is the inquiry itself. It assumes that we can never "know" everything, we can only interpret truth through the sharing of individual perspectives and then internalize the meaning for ourselves, individually. By attempting to create a shared understanding, we enrich our own mental models, providing us a greater range of perspectives to use in order to continuously challenge assumptions, push forward, and adapt to change.


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