Tough questions about human nature were raised by a recent training by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger.  A participant raised some issues that may be interesting to all mediators.  You can read the questions and my answers here in my latest blog post.

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Comment by Drazen Pehar on July 25, 2013 at 2:54pm

A pertinent question. There may be, occasionally, a rational element in demonizing. Which I would put differently: when one party, in the eyes of an other party, loses an appropriate moral standing (this can also happen through talk, or discourse; e.g. lying, breaking promises, and similar), then it is very likely that the other party would start considering the former as somehow 'less than human'. I call this process 'dediscoursation' (Philip Pettit suggested to me to use 'dediscoursification' as a semantically better equivalent). I noted that many wars are actually preceded by the process of losing of confidence in the power of discourse to serve as a medium of conflict management as well as in the party who contributes to such weakening of discourse.   

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