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ERIC Number: ED424054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Task of Adventure within the Peace and Reconciliation Process.
Bartle, Mike
This paper introduces the notion of a spiritual component of adventure, with reference to the potential role of adventure within the peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland. Influenced by tradition and culture, past constructions of adventure have often associated it with educational benefits and personal development of specific virtues. A deconstruction of adventure focuses on whether adventure furthers the understanding of an individual's experience, or whether, through its location or language, creates a form of paralysis, such as lack of engagement or focus on self-gratification. A new construction of adventure is proposed that requires a radical rethinking: accepting that cultural traditions and desires influence much of adventure, and that adventure offers greater opportunities for holistic than individual development. Adventurous encounters may help us to see the intimate connections between ourselves and the external world and to interact with our "superconsciousness" or spiritual self. The stages of spiritual realization mirror some reactions that people display while experiencing adventure. Reconciliation is a process concerned with identifying the history of broken communities and locating the nature of their disconnection. As dynamic states, reconciliation and peace require the development of skills to communicate and accept alternate perspectives. Adventure assists reconciliation through shared spiritual experience, recognition of our interdependence, and fostering of sense of community. The use of adventure experiences in Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland is briefly described. (Contains 48 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)