Saturday, September 03, 2005
In a discussion in which the participants disagree there arises a nodal point in each participant which is the central knot or rub which is currently what the two centrally disagree about. It can be felt experientially. There is a constriction or contraction or a holding, sometimes felt in the chest, and one’s arguments are deployed in order to defend, most centrally, that point. People who are discussing, but in basic agreement, don’t feel that nodal point at that time, but it can arise if their discussion happens to stray into an area of disagreement. When disagreeing, we need to convince our opponent and fear that our own view is in danger. It’s rarely the case that people try together to get to the nodal point and understand what they are most centrally disagreeing about.