Imple Pater quod dixisti, nos tuis iuvans precibus.
The argument that “you can’t turn back the clock” is very similar to the argument you always hear for fornication (and condoms) and abortion: “They’re going to do it anyway” (frequently followed by “you can’t turn back the clock”). This is an argument that is never given for anything unconnected with sex. Try giving it for racism, rape, or even smoking, and you will see how logical and consistent it is. Peter Kreeft | C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
Randall Smith asks whether it is possible to create a ‘safe place’ in which ‘authentic dialogue’ can take place. The answer: Not really. Dialogue is rather like sex: It can be safe, or it can be effective. When people dialogue there’s always the risk that one of the parties will have to change his mind or his behavior; apologies may be necessary; feelings might get hurt. The most effective dialogue involves all three of these elements.
Melinda Selmys | Replies in New Oxford Review, September 2011
Authentic dialogue cannot be safe, but it can be respectful. Respectful dialogue is not castrated dialogue that tiptoes around the truth; it is dialogue that speaks with genuine respect for the personality and free will of the other person.