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...nflict to the degree that these examples led to, the public and private discourse relating to this subject is still ongoing, as the artifact demonstrated, despite the protestations of a minority of participants. However, as Lea Stewart states, “there are patterns from the past that have been brought to the present; and in the present, new patterns and forms of symbolic meaning are being created that will enter the future as the past” (Facilitating Connections: Issues of Gender, Culture, and Diversity, 1997, p. 111). Although I anticipate that this ethical nature of this debate will eventually resolve itself, in the meantime, as citizens of a multi-cultural, democratic society, it is important to continue exercising our right to public and private discourse in an ethical and dialogic manner so that in time we move together “toward an ethic of connectedness” (p. 116).
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