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December 27, 2009

After a conflict, Knights celebrate the victory, then look for their next enemy and the next war to fight. They do not reintegrate the defeated enemy in order to prevent that enemy from threatening what is good ever again. They may, however, try to convert the enemy to their point of view to eliminate threatening ideas.

After a conflict, Gardeners move to heal rifts, reintegrate the defeated enemy, and establish platforms for new growth. These were the intentions behind the Marshall Plan to rebuild Western Europe after World War II, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address when the end of the Civil War was within sight. “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right,’ Lincoln said, “[L]et us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds… to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

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