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Do you have what it takes to arbitrate peace negotiations?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30938points) June 28th, 2011

Can you remain totally unbiased? Can you put the effort into fully understanding both sides of any heated argument? Can you express the concerns of one person to another without any hint of favor or disfavor? Can you listen before speaking?

Do you have the moxy to get past your own cultural bias?

What life experiences are more inclined to produce a person who can overcome the temptation to pass a quick shortsighted and ignorant judgment upon that which seems unjust on the surface, but actually has deep cultural significance to the parties involved?

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YoBob's avatar


Frankly, I believe there are such things as irreconcilable differences and I believe that there are things that are worth fighting for, and in the case of irreconcilable differences those things worth fighting for can’t be categorized as who’s right and who’s wrong for they are quite tangled up in the deepest roots of world view and belief systems.

This, fine jellies of Fluther, is exactly why I believe that representative democracy divided into state entities and further sub-divided into county and city authority is much preferable to any system that sports a strong centralized authoritarian structure. Under such a system it is OK to disagree with your neighbor provided you don’t infringe upon your neighbors rights in the pursuit of the path you believe to be “the way”.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Depends on the topic.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I was an arbitrator and a mediator for a number of years, so I would hope so. : )

ragingloli's avatar

I would just lock them in a room and not let them out until they have reached an agreement.

flutherother's avatar

There is no such thing as being totally unbiased. All you can do is suggest workable compromises until you reach the position where both sides finally realise they have won.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Nope. I can do as @flutherother but it does end up a watered down version, kind of a “Peace Light”.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Yes, when I need to.

lazydaisy's avatar

of course I do, don’t you?

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