right relationship

Craig Barnes, in the Sept/Oct Utne Reader (1997) was quoted:
“We Americans try to find the principle of a thing, the objective reality, the long and the short term, the height and the depth; we analyze and evaluate the truth of a thing and our demoncractic origins are so far back that we have utterly forgotten that procuess – due process, fair process, all process – is at bottom only a substitute for relationship. In a traditional culture the relationship is the key: It points the way to the truth, it is the source that signals whether a thing is credible or not. When relationship is right, the truth can be known.”
Originally in Timeline (May/June 1997).

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