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Charity

The season of giving is upon us.  A couple people suggested that we talk about compassion, and I believe the theme of charity should give our words some body.  We're supposed to give 'til it hurts, right?

Rather than think up a dozen examples, only to have you come up with even more, let us launch our discussion with what might be the archetype of the commonly-available charitable act, giving money to people in the street.  How do their pleas strike you?  How do you explain your reactions to yourself?  What do you make of others' charitable actions, or lack thereof?  Why do we feel this way?  Should we ignore how we feel, or try to change ourselves?  How do we select the recipients of our charity?  And so on.

From there, who knows where we'll go, but I'll be keeping a trail of bread crumbs so we don't get lost;-)

Jeff

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  • Jeff G

    I felt that people were extremely *present* at this one, perhaps because charity is such a personal response to visible circumstances. We each had different comfort levels with it, and the discussion ranged to accommodate this variation. I did arrive at a new intuition to explore, as I always hope to, but the real step forward this time was toward the formation of a philosophical stance rooted in the theme itself (versus the usual stance of solipsism). Yeah, that sounds goofy, but it was a lively, serious, and intimate conversation, one that I hope we will repeat and build upon.

    November 15, 2012

  • Jeff G

    It's getting a little busy here, so if people can show up early that would stake out our territory.

    November 12, 2012

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