“There is no true word that is not the same time a praxis. Thus to speak is to transform the world.”
“Dialogue is the encounter between men, mediate by the world, in order to name the world. Hence dialogue cannot occur between those who want to name the world and those who do not wish this naming – between those who deny others the right to speak their word and those whose right to speak has been denied.”
“If it is in speaking their word that people, by naming the world, transform it, dialogue imposes itself as the way by which they achieve significance as human beings. Dialogue is thus an existential necessity.”
“Dialogue cannot be reduced to the act of one person’s “depositing” ideas in another, nor can it become a simple exchange of ideas to be “consumed” by the discussants.”
“Founding itself upon love, humility and faith, dialogue becomes a horizontal relationship of which mutual trust between the dialogues is the logical consequence.”
Dialogue cannot exist without hope and critical thinking.
“Only dialogue, which requires critical thinking, is also capable of generating critical thinking. Without dialogue there is no communication, and without communication there can be no true education.”
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire, Chapter 3