Monday, October 09, 2006
What was remarkable was the restraint and respect shown by participants who had undoubtedly never been, and in some cases had never wished to be, in the same room together. There was no ranting, and a large amount of wisdom and reasoned discussion. One could almost have had the impression that a few at the more conservative end of the spectrum were bending a little, though other statements from that quarter were notable for their rigidity. Those at the progressive end were unfailingly polite in the face of some stark condemnations of their position and work, both implicit and explicit.