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When the walls come tumbling down

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For Dr Chris Allen in response to this

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1.

One looked upon the walls the ignorant and desperate had built.

The wall itself was building

Words upon words

Of

Shouting, cursing, gossiping, sneering, and laughing

With

Hate and greed and profiteering from propaganda, lies and spin…

His companion then spoke gently

To finally bring the truth in:

“Assault [prejudice] at the (proper) Gate: when once ye are in, victory will be yours; but on God put your trust if ye have faith.”

A clarion call.

And the walls came down, a-tumbling.

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Rules of Inter-Communication 3

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“The rules for having a productive and insightful conversation across religious and cultural lines are not all that different than the rules for having meaningful interpersonal relationships.”1

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I stand on one side of the space

– This “great divide” –

From the other, where stand you…

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I, a part of my culture,

You a part of yours.

You see how representing our own we only ever appear

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What’s the Social-ution?

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PART 1

Society is remote.

Where the robots live

Estranged

In cell to cell,

Padded walls,

Talking sideways through the wire or the wave,

Satellite inn, alone.

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Rules of Inter-Communication 2

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Three ways to Fail – Versus – One way to Succeed

When we decide to discuss in two-way conversation – let us first define our terms to discourse.

What is the purpose for our communication?

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Shh! Be Vewy Vewy Qwiet. (Think ii – 7 of 7)

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War of the Worlds (Think ii – 4 of 7)

Orson Welles played with the American public on radio in 1938 and made them believe an alien invasion from outer space (as inspired by the fictitious ‘War of the Worlds’) was actually taking place. There was mass panic and hysteria. Now we in Britain1 laugh our heads off, exclaiming: “How stupid were these Americans!”

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Izrael (Think ii – 1 of 7)

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Izrael

What’s in the name? That which we call ‘Izrael’

By any other name would reek not death

As is the weed, diseased by way of hap and hazard

On stolen soil, polluting the holy surroundings

Pro patria mori

To profound morbid profanities.

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