Discourse: a Key to Produce True Knowledge

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The term dialogue refers to a degree of interaction between groups and civilizations. It is a high-level cultural act that believes in the right to difference, enshrines the principle of cultural pluralism, and believes in equality.

Accordingly, the constructive dialogue does not invite the different party to leave its cultural or political position but rather calls for the discovery of the common space so that it can be positively crystallized in order to start again from it. With the aim of finding a space for a better debate, many online platforms are encouraging people to share their thoughts. A good example of these sites is The Doe.

Dialogue between the parties must achieve the cross-fertilization of ideas and opinions for the common good without one party overpowering the other so that the interaction is positive and socially disciplined.

Dialogue between both sides must be based on research, investigation, mobilizing and motivating the intellectual energies of each party, and liberation from closing in. Free thought and constructive dialogue that leads to positive results and logical solutions will lead to a real renaissance.

Dialogue produces true knowledge and not immersion in closed thinking or one point of view, and we have found its results in many countries where clinging to one opinion has led to crises, events, and disturbances with the fragility of theses.

There must be no party that wants to make the other party subservient, which creates confrontation, self-bias, domination, and abuse of the capabilities of the other.

Dialogue must lead to a common and agreed-upon space that is satisfactory to all parties, without direct harm to the other, and without one party inflicting harm on the other, or dealing with superiority, or that one party is stronger than the other.

If we review our dialogues, whether direct ones or on social media, and assess the extent of damage and losses, we will find the extent of the repercussions of dialogues that are not based on cultural intellectual foundations for the common good and the common good. Therefore, our dialogues and discussions between all parties must lead to positive and satisfactory results for all parties.

Since the COVID-19 started spreading, the social dialogue was able to decide on the best plan that can be followed during the pandemic, in most countries.  The government decided to boost the dialogue to let people select their points of view on the plans put by authorities, leading to the decrease of losses.

In conclusion, the culture of dialogue means something deeper than just listening to viewpoints and allowing ideas to be expressed. It requires recognizing the legitimacy of the other, recognizing his right to an opinion, expression, and participation in political decisions, not a favor, nor charity, or concession, but rather an authentic and natural right. No one has the right to confiscate it, marginalize it, betray it, or make it infidel. A culture of dialogue cannot be established unless we believe in it, a general societal conviction like our convictions in self-evident matters.

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