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2/18 Bohm Dialogue — Freedom and Responsibility

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud

Freedom and responsibility aren’t interconnected things. They are the same thing. – Harry Browne

With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S military uniform and

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1/21 Bohm Dialogue — I-Thou and I-It

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Early in the 20th century, troubled by trends of modern life, Martin Buber wrote an odd little book of philosophy with an enduring impact that continues today. It is called in German “Ich und Du” later translated into English as “I and Thou”. In it Buber described two ways of engaging people and things of the world: I-it and I-thou (or I-you). With I-it you are looking at a thing or person as something to be utilized, analyzed, dissected, exploited, etc. I-thou is a way of authentically relating to a person or thing, here and now, person to person/thing, recognizing their whole being, ’embracing them’ so to speak.

While both ways are needed, Buber saw that civilization was increasingly relying solely on the I-it mode, and less and less on the I-thou mode. This results in an increasing alienation from our world and its inhabitants. It also makes it far easier to abuse and ignore them.

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday January 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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12/17 Bohm Dialogue — What is War For?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee

Is war sometimes necessary? Is it ever ‘good’?

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

What are the roots of war? Who does it benefit? Was there a time without wars?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday December 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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12/17 Bohm Dialogue — What is War For?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee

Is war sometimes necessary? Is it ever ‘good’?

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

What are the roots of war? Who does it benefit? Was there a time without wars?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday December 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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11/19 Bohm Dialogue — Changing Minds

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Think of the last time you tried to change someone’s mind. You probably failed. Same with someone changing your mind or even you changing your own mind – probably pretty rare. For something so basic and commonly attempted why is it so hard to accomplish? How do people get so set in certain ways of thinking and certain beliefs? What can loosen that logjam?

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those of us brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

When the facts change I change my mind. What do you do, sir? – John Maynard Keynes

Let’s see if we can change our minds about something. Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday November 19th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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10/15 Bohm Dialogue — How do people find meaning?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

In September we asked what takes the place of God in a secular society. But we never exactly got to what Paul wanted to dialogue on which was “How do we as individuals find or make meaning for ourselves in this modern world”. To answer that we of course have to figure out what we mean by meaning – so what is the meaning of meaning?

Wikipedia: The meaning of life, or the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?”, pertains to the significance of living or existence in general. Many other related questions include “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, or “What is the purpose of existence?”

Joseph Campbell said: “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Shall we “waste” some time together? Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday October 15th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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