Amazing!! As far as I can tell, two new groups were launched in Charlotte at exactly the same time:
The Charlotte Ayn Rand Meetup Group, organized by Jim
Humanianity of Charlotte Meetup Group, organized by me
I found in my email at the exact same time (1) the announcement of the formation of the Rand group and (2) the notication that the announcement of the Humanianity group had been sent out! (Well, the time stamps of the two are 19 minutes apart, Rand coming first. But this qualifies in my mind as twin births.)
The Charlotte Ayn Rand Meetup Group will probably ease the transition to other philosophical topics in the Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group. Some have wondered whether we would ever move on to other subjects. I have mentioned that I have the audio tapes of 72 45-minute lectures on philosophy, by superstar professors as determined by The Teaching Company. I would love to hear them again and share and debate them with others in our group. Of course there are other ways we can go also. And we certainly don't have to stop talking about Objectivism in our group if that is the wish. Our group should wish to explore all ideas and get the most out of them we can. The digestion of diversity of opinion promotes growth in wisdom.
Also, I encourage you to explore the Humanianity concept, its current home being at Humanianity.com, and maybe some of you will even join Humanianity of Charlotte.
And I wish lots of success for the Rand group. (It meets on Tuesday evenings, so I can't attend.)
All of us have some sort of "philosophy of life," even though we may not have verbalized it. Here you can get ideas for your own philosophy of life. You can see what others think of your own philosophical ideas, and you can help others to become clearer in their own thinking.
When there is difference of opinion, we have an opportunity for "friendly debate," a very growth-promoting experience.