our culture impedes a loving knowledge …

… “The culture in which we find ourselves … impedes [a] loving knowledge: it imposes another, wrong kind of knowledge … Because this culture separates us from our experience as we have felt it … it cuts off this relationship of ours with experience.” Julian Carron The Destiny of Man 2004 – quoting Luigi Giussani Dal temperamento un metodo 2002.

” … the problem we see is that there are so many distractions in a typical patient-clinician encounter that the clinician shifts her/his attention so that often the conversation does not gather enough depth to make silence even possible.” Back et. al. Compassionate Silence J Pall Med.

Back and colleague’s article is an excellent introduction to ways we might enter into deeper conversations – and ultimately deeper experiences – with those around us.