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Confrontational Compassion: Interview with David Pulsipher

  Confrontational Compassion  Learning how to have conflict without contention  Interview with David Pulsipher The Savior’s counsel to love your enemy and turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-44) can easily be misinterpreted as though the Savior is telling us it is better to be a doormat than it is to be a jerk. But as David […]

Thinking and Acting For Yourself: Interview with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

“I see in my mind’s eye throngs of people traveling that path, some with their hands firmly gripping the iron rod, but many others simply following the feet of the people in front of them. This latter approach takes little thought or effort. You can just do and think what others are doing and thinking….Following […]

The Young Man Pushed The Gun Against My Stomach

Last week I had the opportunity to interview David Pulsipher, author of When We Don’t See Eye to Eye and Professor at Brigham Young University­–Idaho where he teaches the theories and history of conflict, peace, and nonviolence. We talked about “Confrontational Compassion,” which is a term he uses to describe the Savior’s counsel to “turn […]

Love Your Enemy, even the one that robs you when you get off the subway.

I don’t think that when the Savior said, “Love your enemies and do good to them that hate you (Matthew 5:44),” that He was counseling us to become self-abnegating acquiescent individuals to anyone seeking spitefully to take advantage of us for their gain. I don’t think “loving your enemy,” or even just loving that person […]