By Ronald C. Arnett

Martin Buber’s paintings means that actual existence starts off with individ­uals engaged in discussion, not only caring for one’s personal wishes as defined in social Darwinism.

Arnett argues that the tip of the age of abundance calls for that we quit the communica­tive concepts of the prior and search to interact in the middle of restricted assets and an doubtful destiny. Today’s situa­tion demands an unwavering dedication to Buber’s “narrow ridge” situation for either self and community.

Arnett illustrates the slim ridge definition of interpersonal communique with wealthy ex­amples. His vignettes demon­strate powerful and useless techniques to human communi­ty. an efficient procedure, he makes transparent, comprises not just openness to others’ issues of view but additionally a willingness to be persuaded.

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Toward such a dialogue, I offer Communication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue.  Communication within human community becomes Page 16 typified by the rhetoric of "we" are right and "they" are misguided and wrong.  4 In essence, the usage of the word community in this book is not rooted in a precise definition, but in an attitude sensitive to the dialogical tension between self, other, and the principles of a group or organization.  Polarized communication appears to be an epidemic infection in twentieth­century life, if the burgeoning divorce rate, the problems in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Central America, the increasing tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, and assassination acts and attempts are taken as indicators.

The following classic scenes from "Fiddler on the Roof" are offered to reveal this orientation more fully.

It is likely that as resources become even more scarce and promotions more competitive, strategic interpersonal communication styles of how to outdo the other person will increase in popularity and use.  Perhaps we need conscience­oriented think­ Page 28 ers, in Rapoport's terms, and attentive human beings in Buber's language. For the attentive man would no longer, as his custom is, "master" the situation the very moment after it stepped up to him: it would be laid upon him to go up to and into it.

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