Episode 61: How can we break the cycles of humiliation and co-create our common future?

In this episode I have the delight of sharing time and (cyber)space with Evelin G. Lindner M.D., Ph.D., as we explore many different themes relating to humiliation and dignity studies, conflicts, emotions, world citizenship and the challenges facing our human family in the 21st century. For instance, how can we co-create a healthy and nurturing global society that upholds the standards of the Declaration of Human Rights¹? Lindner has dedicated her life in pursuing such questions and in our conversation she shares her personal story and how it connects to the work she does and the way she has chosen to live her life. Evelin is the Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, which is “a global and transdisciplinary network and fellowship of concerned academics and practitioners”, who are “committed to reducing – and ultimately help eliminating – destructive disrespect and humiliating practices all over the world”².  She is also the author of several books, such as  A Dignity Economy (2012) and Emotion and Conflict (2009).

If you feel inspired or provoked by our conversation feel free to add your comments after the interview. You can also send in a written piece of work and get it published together with this episode. Further details can be found here.

Episode links:
Evelin G. Lindner
World Passport
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
The Power of Myth“, interview series with Joseph Campbell
The roots of Justice are in the Body“, lecture by Albert Pesso

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (34) er lærer og arbeider i Osloskolen. Han har bred erfaring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (34) is a teacher, his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in Oslo, Norway. In his spare time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art.
  • Andreas

    I’m glad to hear there are others who see what I see as well 🙂
    Now I’m not the only one!

    I think she is very right. Though, I do see it from a slightly (just slightly) different perspective. I think there is a reason behind why dignity matters. It’s not just that that we want it, it’s that we want it for a reason. I think love is something that all people yearn for.

    Love is what shapes us. Love is what we define right and wrong from.

    A child who has been taught that you have to deserve love in order to be loved thinks that having your feet crippled is right in order to deserve to be loved.

    A child who is taught that love is not something you can demand or deserve, love is something that is there no matter what happens, no matter whether you deserve it or not. Love will always love.
    That child would, as an adult, regard crippling ones feet in order to deserve to be loved as something absurd.

    And that, I think, is why Lindner sees it the way she does.

    Thank you both for the listening hour! It gave me much joy to hear and think about. 🙂

  • Ala Al Jadooa

    so many learning points I have heard from this great open “shared space ” that I can take away with me to ponder on..

    • James Arnfinsen

      Thank you for your feedback! If you like this kind of open “shared space” I recommend my conversation with Gregory Kramer on the topic of Insight Meditation. Also, the interview I did with Susan Cook-Greuter.