May 24, 2004
William Ury on "Getting to Peace"
"At the turn of the millennium, no more critical challenge faces each of us, and all of us together, than how to get along. How can we learn to live together, and deal constructively with our deepest differences?
The challenge exists on the smallest scale and on the largest. Of all the factors influencing the success of a marriage, psychologists report, the single most critical one is the ability to resolve conflicts cooperatively. The same holds true in every other relationship--between friends or business partners, neighbors or nations. So much depends on our ability to get along--our happiness at home, our performance at work, the livability of our communities, and, in this age of mass destruction, the survival of our species.
More than ever, we need to learn how to cooperate."
--William Ury, in his Introduction to Getting to Peace (1999)
Note: Quotables normally appears on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. But something weird is happening at TypePad and I can't post a photo for my intended Monday blog, so here's Tuesday's quotable, instead.