Unveiling the Past-Preparing the Conditions for Human Beings to Live in the Midst of One ANother Again? A Response from Living in Northern Ireland

Derick Wilson

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    AbstractThe need for structures that arrest and cut the slide into the vortex of inhuman actions, one to another, have their necessary place alongside the need to acknowledge harm done, make reparation and promote a more restorative, healing future together (Consultative Group on the Past. Report of the Consultative Group on the Past. 2009). Acknowledgement and remembrance are essential. Such new rituals encourage a culture of not hiding the violence; they also embolden citizens, groups, and institutional representatives—at a distance of time from the events—to stand against any such actions being tolerated again. This response to Lingis draws on extensive practical experience in practical reconciliation work since 1965, including directing a residential reconciliation centre and a small sanctuary facility for people intimidated from their homes (The Corrymeela Centre, 1978-85); doctoral and post doctoral research and developmental practice in conflict resolution and peace education (1985-) as well as being an associate academic member of the pilot Northern Ireland Victims and Survivors Forum (2009-2011).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-335
    JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 26 Nov 2011

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    • Reconciliation-Restorative Justice-Truth-Acknowledgement-Remembrance


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