Turning Towards

Turning Towards is defined as listening to those who are oppressed. Believing that everyone deserves to be listened to and that no one’s needs are more important than someone else’s due to their social status.

Philosopher Deborah Bird Rose writes that turning towards is ‘an ethics of motion toward encounter, a willingness to be available to the call of others. A willingness toward dialogue, responsibility, a choice for encounter and response’ and ‘acknowledges histories of distance and disaster, and seeks to be responsive to others’ suffering and joy, and to life and death. Always situated in history and in relationship, seeks to mend relationships, to make worlds that are hospitable to life’ (Bird Rose, 5 & 12).


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Works Cited:

Rose, Deborah Bird. “Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction.” University of Virginia Press , 2011.