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Editor's Note

Editor's Note At a conference in Southeast Asia recently, the writer Barry Lopez noted the importance of what he called good conversations, and especially conversations with those who are from other cultures and traditions. "Conversations are efforts toward good relations," he said. "They are an elementary form of reciprocity. They are the exercise of our love for each other, they are the enemies of our loneliness, our doubt, our anxiety, our tendencies to abdicate. To continue to be in good conversation over our emotions and terrifying problems is to be calling out to each other in the night. If we attend with imagination and devotion to our conversations, we will find what we need." The telling of stories is of course fundamental in all cultures, beginning as far back as we have records; but talking about stories--the conversations that help us explore what is most pertinent about the stories that people tell--is equally ancient, fundamental, and necessary. The philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah refers to these conversations about narratives as a way of aligning our responses to the world with the responses of others. Because stories are often the repository of a society's values, good conversations about them may guide us http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Editor's Note

Manoa , Volume 18 (1) – Aug 3, 2006

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Abstract

At a conference in Southeast Asia recently, the writer Barry Lopez noted the importance of what he called good conversations, and especially conversations with those who are from other cultures and traditions. "Conversations are efforts toward good relations," he said. "They are an elementary form of reciprocity. They are the exercise of our love for each other, they are the enemies of our loneliness, our doubt, our anxiety, our tendencies to abdicate. To continue to be in good conversation over our emotions and terrifying problems is to be calling out to each other in the night. If we attend with imagination and devotion to our conversations, we will find what we need." The telling of stories is of course fundamental in all cultures, beginning as far back as we have records; but talking about stories--the conversations that help us explore what is most pertinent about the stories that people tell--is equally ancient, fundamental, and necessary. The philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah refers to these conversations about narratives as a way of aligning our responses to the world with the responses of others. Because stories are often the repository of a society's values, good conversations about them may guide us

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 3, 2006

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