When I asked about the difference between debate and dialogue, the playwright gave a quick answer like this. Dialogue is tried among those who do not have a common footing. It is a pleasant exchange of calls and replies, a modest exchange of pouring your heart out and listening, and also an exchange of silence after realizing the unfilled gap. Probably it is far more difficult than debate.
February 20, 2018
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun