Lawyers as Peacemakers
On my desk, I have a red button with the word "easy" written in white letters. Whenever I press the red button, a voice chirps: "that was easy."
Kim echoed this sentiment when I spoke to her this morning. Book is sold out. Sixty law students show up at a lecture in Missouri. Her laundry gets taken care of, as well as the rest of her needs, as if by magic. And is she tired from the traveling, the speaking engagements, the endless questions to the tune of ... "um, but is this peacemaking business, you know, practical?" Nope. "Invigorated" is the word she used. When she said that, I thought back to the times I have watched Amma, considered by many to be Hindu saint, spend 20 hours giving hugs non stop, smiling and laughing the whole time. According to Amma, "when there is love there is no effort."
"In an age where chaos abounds, politically, economically and socially, marked by much dissatisfaction with one's chosen profession, it is comforting to behold hope on the horizon. The legal profession is no exception. The multitude of lawyers leaving their line of work is reaching significant, if not alarming, proportions. The adversarial atmosphere and the combative confrontational approach ultimately wears thin on the brows or psyches of those whose sole aim is to bring order and stability to the lives of they who seek their services.
A newer, more beneficent methodology is becoming more widespread and more mainstream, bringing with it a more fulfilling result for the parties to a controversy or dispute and a greater sense of accomplishment for the advocates within. There is a shift in paradigm, or worldview, a set of beliefs about what is real and true.
"These new “communities” of lawyers and ideas inspire a look outside the box of our patterned way of thinking. They invite us into a transdisciplinary understanding of the value we add to people’s lives, and to the companies and other entities they lead and work for. More importantly, they help guide in our own search for what it means to practice law in a meaningful way, expanding our horizons of thought, feeling, emotion and spirit."
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