When a big decision seems like it could be too much to tackle all at once, break it down, take small steps, get more information, reconsider and then make the next decision. What a pleasing relief to the confused, busy scene, are the two children piping at the altar!
The purpose of deliberative dialogue is to move beyond the clash of opinions and arrive at a deeper and shared level of understanding. In the foregoing sections no distinct reference has been made to the recognition of the fourth and ninth degrees of kindred. The Greeks understood that if two or more people were unsure about a question, they could accomplish something together they could not do on their own.
These contradictions reveal his meaning only the more plainly. One would suppose that the repetition of the details, week after week, and day after day, might stagger us a little as to our superlative idea of the goodness, honesty, and industry of the English people.
It is commonly assumed that the only alternatives to consensus are compromise and dissent. Evidently in these exceptional cases the rules of strict blood relationship have been broken away from, and additions have been made to the normal wergeld to stay the vengeance of persons sufficiently nearly connected in other ways to make them dangerous if left unappeased.
We had a delightful morning at Como, and a fine view of the lake and surrounding hills, which however rise too precipitously from the shores to be a dwelling-place for any but hunters and fishermen. Hitherto we have had as little to do as possible with the irregular individuals; we have regarded them simply as fragments of a regular series.
Hence they have to be pruned a little into shape, as natural objects almost always have before they are capable of being accurately reasoned about. Some are content to set directions or arrive at a shared sense of how best to address an issue.