From CONFRONTATION to CONVERGENCE: A Plea for Communicative Dignity

by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist from Recife, Brazil

When a confrontational style we select
As a communicative strategy to be used
Let´s ask ourselves:why didn´t we elect
ways for Dignity and Diversity to be fused?

Confrontation may generate opposition
while Convergence will foster rapport
Confrontation may convey imposition
while Dignity cooperation will support

Confrontation? Conflicts it may cause
Convergence? Mutual respect it will show
Confrontation? Hostility with no pause
Convergence? Mutual understanding will grow

What can we do, instead of confronting?
we can reconcile, reconsider, revitalize
how can we interact, instead of affronting?
we can fraternize, harmonize, HUMANIZE!

(received August 18, 2010)

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