Someone told me of a native North American Indian tribe community rite of passage. I don’t know what tribe or remember who told me, but I do remember the rite.

A group of people would sit on the floor in an inner circle and then a group would form an outer circle surrounding them. The outer group would speak and walk around the inner group. The inner group would have to listen to everything that was said by the surrounding outer speakers. The inner group could not respond in any way or answer anything that was said. When the outer group had said everything they wanted to the whole rite was over.

Listening to and respecting how others express themselves without recourse to disagreement, anger, false debate, criticism or resistance is a confusionist value and this rite seems appropriate to mention.


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