Wednesday, November 21, 2012

parenting ceasefire

Time Nov 12, 2012 pg 18

In a piece about the ceasefire in Syria that was supposed to be for 4 days but lasted about 4 hours, a sentence caught my eye. ‘Having mediated in Lebanon and Afghanistan, the…diplomat knows that a civil war ends only when the parties want a solution as much as the mediator does.”
See ‘Siblings w/o Rivalry” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, ca 1980. ‘don't get in siblings’ fights’. Also, my sheet on Child’s Problems on - the problem must bother the child (in this case the combatants) more than it bothers you (in this case the mediators, the rest of the world, etc.).
Nuff said.
Pg 27
The obituary of Jacques Barzun, cultural historian, who lived to be 104 (kudos to him for that!), whose most famous book was written in 2000 and was called From Dawn to Decadence. He warned of the decline of Western Culture (of which he had experienced 20% of the past 500 years), citing the glorification of rebellion and the postmodern assault on the idea of truth as the causes.
Wow, we are supposed to submit to authority and believe in God’s truth. Whoda thunk it? and this from a secular historian.
            I bought this book but it hasn’t arrived yet. Can’t wait to read it!

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