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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: d. Socio-political Integration of Desire Practices

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44195


Socio-political integration of desire practices are closely interdependent with integration of meaning and belief too, but primarily focused on reconciling interests. Mediation techniques resolve conflict directly, whilst provisional discussion extends the conditions for mediation more broadly and can even be applied in political campaigning. An ethical avoidance of violence removes an immediate disinhibition and entrenchment of conflict, while the positive practices of care and friendship develop relationships that can provide the conditions for integrating conflicts, both internal and external. Active listening and volunteering also provide some specific practices that can support these conditions.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'