[T]he moral imagination requires
the capacity to imagine ourselves in a web of relationships that includes our enemies;
the ability to sustain a paradoxical curiosity that embraces complexity without reliance on dualistic polarity;
the fundamental belief in and pursuit of the creative act; and
the acceptance of the inherent risk of stepping into the mystery of the unknown that lies beyond the far too familiar landscape of violence.
Or, to express this more poetically:
Reach out to those you fear.
Touch the heart of complexity.
Imagine beyond what is seen.
Risk vulnerability one step at a time
Original photograph by
Alexandria Skinner, copyright preserved
John Paul Lederach, quoted in Creative Beginnings, from the Moral Imagination Program, United Religions Initiative.
(http://www.catalystforpeace.org/faithintoaction/MIPCreativeBeginningsURI.pdf, accessed April 12, 2013)