The talking stick has been used for centuries by many American Indian tribes as a means of just and impartial hearing. The talking stick was commonly used in council circles to designate who had the right to speak. When matters of great concern came before the council, the leading elder would hold the talking stick and begin the discussion. When he finished what he had to say he would hold out the talking stick, and whoever wished to speak after him would take it. In this manner the stick was passed from one individual to another until all who wished to speak had done so. The stick was then passed back to the leading elder for safe keeping.
How nice it would be if many other organisations including but not limited to Government took a leaf out of the Native American tradition and used a talking stick.
The article goes on to say Only he can speak while he holds the stick; the other council members must remain silent. and that alone may prevent the appalling rudeness that is exhibited in some discussions on the media. Shouting people down does not work, and does nothing but irritate and rankle.
Everyone is entitled to their own point of view and if you do not agree then you can discuss and see if you can bring the other person round to your view using reasoned argument. You cannot force people to change by shouting at them and this only serves to make them more entrenched.
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