Volume 93, Issue 42

Friday, November 12, 1999


OPINIONS

A surplus of priorities

The Gazette spoon-feeds pablum

One really expensive utensil

"Roller" vandalism saddening

EsseX-Files getting out of hand

Centre Spot in search of G-spot?

Gazette columnists need help

Walden's comments audacious

Dialogue needed for diversity

Sacrifices have been forgotten

Dialogue needed for diversity



Re: "The research of diversity celebration" Nov. 5



To the Editor:

Further to Richard Telfer's letter, printed on Nov. 5, any attempt to raise people's awareness of others can become very complex and dialogue is indeed very important.

To enter into dialogue, one opens up the possibility to be changed (especially if one learns that one's actions are hurtful to another), but dialogue does not necessarily mean that groups must "relinquish convictions."

It may mean that when one learns more about the other, there comes a realization that one's own path is the right path for oneself, but that the way of the other is the right path for them. It could be that we agree to disagree on some points, but can celebrate other points of common ground (which may take on different forms of expression).

I would like to applaud some of the activities that are happening on campus to facilitate awareness and dialogue between diverse groups. The planning of Equity Week and the attempts to get people involved, circulating and asking questions of the various groups is to be commended. The University Students' Council's equity round table, where many different cultural, religious and other clubs gather and are encouraged to dialogue, has great potential of raising awareness.

Also, there is dialogue going on between some (all are invited) of the different faith groups on campus (I confess my bias as one of the facilitators of this group). For the second year, these faith groups are coming together to express their traditions and teachings on peace and non-violence, in an event called "Beyond Violence '99." I do encourage people to take in this opportunity and others as they come along, to learn more about different traditions.

On a campus like Western, that is so diverse and where people are living in such close proximity to one another, we have a tremendous opportunity to increase understanding and to learn to live respectfully with our neighbour.

Lynn Godfrey
Chaplain





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