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Chapter 5: Managing Conflict in Our Communities
“If we want to live a better future, we must learn to live together in the diverse fullness of our human possibilities, through a Spirit of unity that brings forth the diverse harmonies that are already there.”
“Communities are living creatures, nurtured and nourished by rhetorical discourse.”
It may be impossible for us to have problem-free cities, towns, and neighborhoods. However, we can, as Goodall says, move toward communities with a dynamic spirit of unity that are realistic about balancing inevitable conflicts. Conflict is a necessary part of maintaining an evolving and inclusive community and an inevitable sign of communities that ignore or repress conflicting voices. As this chapter illustrates ...