Tag: Common Sense

Mediation has arrived, and it is here to stay. It offers all of us – from governments to lawyers to managers to social workers – a fast, cheap and easily accessible means to sort out a wide variety of disputes. And best of all, it works. Beyond this, mediation encourages tolerance, patience, mutual respect and understanding. It provides a means by which people of widely differing views can be helped to reach agreement where they can, and live in peace with their differences when they cannot. It offers a way for people to take responsibility for their own lives and to make the hard decisions with maximum opportunity to know the costs and benefits in advance.

I am always wary of claiming too much for mediation: it is not, of course, not a panacea for every conflict. But it does provide us with a rational means to find solutions both to our personal disputes, and to some of the most urgent problems humankind faces in the years ahead. It is not a cure for evil, but it points the way to how we may limit and contain the situations in which evil takes root Andrew Acland, A Sudden Outbreak of Common Sense – Managing Conflict Through Mediation (Hutchinson Business Books Limited c1990) 200

Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible Joseph Addison