I was reading exchanges among NVC (nonviolent communication) students this week, where I ran across some interesting ideas.
This brings us to the second idea -- nonviolent communication (NVC) is composed of
- Observation free from evaluation,
- Feelings free from judgment,
- Needs free from strategy, and
- Requests free from demand.
Feelings and judgment also have a space. Feelings don't just demand judgment, they demand analysis. What is causing our feelings? What, objectively, will resolve the emotional tension?
The same can be said of needs. We often confuse needs with wants, and thus with emotions. We often spend huge amounts of time with strategies which are attempts to escape the emotions surrounding true needs and false needs (wants). Our tendencies is to be content, to know where our next meal is coming from -- maybe our next meal does not need to come from our enemy's table, maybe there is no need to consider another as an enemy because they appear to have a full table.
Lastly, we most often do not need coercion to satisfy our needs. Coercion turns the simple existence of a need into the strategy of satisfying a need by impairing another's satisfaction of of their need.
In all of these, the trick is expanding the space in which our learning and wisdom can affect the outcome, avoiding externalities that can corrupt wisdom.