F.3. Reaching Decision

We seek cooperation and agreement with RC policy. We do this through discharge, communication, discussion, reference to basic RC theory, and reference to our long-range goals. When it is difficult to agree, we resolve conflicting points of view with discussion, discharge, and re-evaluation (for one such approach, see Note IV. Reaching Decision [printed version page 101]). We will create opportunities to hear each other’s thinking, including on existing RC policies. We do not want one rational attitude to be outvoted by many irrational attitudes. We strive for a working consensus.[84]

When conflicts persist, decisions are made by the appropriate Reference Person, including the International Reference Person (IRP) if needed. Decision and action produce information that can be used to determine the most rational policy.


We must protect our theory and practice from dilution and distortion. There is continual pressure from individual patterns and the patterns of society to degrade the logical consistency of RC theory with incorrect thinking, practice, and policy. (See Guideline D.4. Maintaining the Uniqueness and Consistency of RC Theory.)

Discharge and re-evaluation make it easier to handle irrationality. However, prolonged inaction caused by a lack of decision attracts and restimulates grievance and controversy patterns. A final decision-making procedure is necessary. If agreement is not reached with discussion, discharge, and re-evaluation, the IRP makes a decision, until a working consensus is achieved.


[84] A working consensus is a tentative agreement that allows the group to move forward.

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