To be sure, dialogue is a difficult art. It means engaging in conversation with the intention of jointly clarifying the issues, rather than having them one’s own way; of multiplying voices, rather than reducing their number; of widening the set of possibilities, rather than aiming at a wholesale consensus (that relic of monotheistic dreams stripped of politically incorrect coercion); of jointly pursuing understanding, instead of aiming at the other’s defeat; and all in all being animated by the wish to keep the conversation going, rather than by a desire to grind it to a halt.

Zygmunt Bauman, Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age, Seite 186.

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