As you read what I am about to say, please keep in mind the following question.
Here is roughly how David Bohm envisioned his ‘dialogue’: People sitting in a circle and taking turns talking, about no specific theme, with no specific aim, everyone observing their own thoughts and emotions. This is repeated in regular intervals, and continues over one to several years. Silly? Boring? Well, Bohm (a clever man – a creative physicist, a protegé of Einstein) claimed that the dialogue was necessary for resolving the contemporary issues. My question is – Why?
Deepak Chopra introduces the answer that I am about to propose by telling the following story.
In India, the people who train elephants tie the elephant’s leg to a small branch while the animal is still very small. Later, when the elephant has grown, the same techniqe will keep him in place. He is strong enough to take out a whole tree with a single swing of his leg. But somewhere in his mind it is written that he cannot take out that small branch. And he cannot!
While working on this most interesting aspect of our larger communication issue, I understood how it was possible that the Germans during the WW2 did not know about the concentration camps. It is not just that the Nazis were so successful in hiding them from the people. The people were also successful in hiding them from themselves!
It is for this reason that we continue to respond to contemporary contingencies by thinking in the same way as we did when we created them.
Bohm envisioned the dialogue as a remedy that would help us become aware of that and change.
This remedy, however, may be too weak for the problem. So last year when we staged the key point dialog in Zagreb (Building the Future of Europe Together – The Cultural Revival Dialog Zagreb 2008), we decided to modify Bohm’s original dialogue by placing it into a high-energy field, a sort of a cyclotrone. Josh Bacigalupi compared this enhancement with the therapy techniqe called ‘intervention.’
We are planning a key point dialog in the Palo Alto area (in Hidden Villa) on May 22, 2010.