Meaning and Purpose (dinner and discussion)

  • February 27, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This meetup event has NOT been cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Our Monthly Philosophy Dinners series continues with event  #12:

What is the meaning and purpose of life?

Has your answer to this question changed over time?


Are you still working on your answer? If so, rest assured you are not alone.  :)


This event will be an opportunity for us to share our insights, theories, thoughts, and experiences with regards to this topic, and explore what some of the great philosophers of the past and present have to say as well. (As usual, further questions and quotes will be provided to the discussion facilitators).

Anonymous Insights

Just for an added twist, I'll be giving everyone the option to submit your answers to this big question anonymously by writing (or printing) your answers on a folded piece of paper and entering them into a container when you arrive to the event. (Your answer could speak to the question of meaning and purpose for your life, for life in general, or both). We will mix up these submissions thoroughly and divide them up so that our discussion facilitators will then have the option of reading these out loud at random throughout the event. Obviously this can be a very personal topic for many people and in my experience I've found that anonymous insights can provide contributions that may otherwise remain locked up within the realm of shyness or fear of judgement amongst strangers; despite the safe and inviting atmosphere which we provide. As an added bonus, I will be emailing out the full list of these anonymous submissions to the attendees after our event.


New Discussion Facilitators - I am here to recruit you!  :)

The successful formula for our events involves having one discussion facilitator at each table. (Facilitators still have just as much of an opportunity to contribute their two cents to the discussions). We've been fortunate enough to have some of our members step up as 'regular facilitators' for many of our events, and now I'd like to give them a break for this event and ask if some of our other members would like to rise to the occasion and help out in this regard. We need 6 facilitators for this event since we are opening up this event to 36 people (at 6 tables). If you appreciate what this group has to offer and you'd like to help us out then please add a comment when you RSVP for this event indicating that you'd like to help facilitate (see image on right). The more facilitators we have in general, the less we'll be calling on you to help out.  :)

Click here to find out more about being a discussion facilitator.

As with all of our events, I will be providing our facilitators with various (optional) questions to pose to our group. No facilitation experience is required and don't worry, our regular facilitators will be present for this event just in case you need any assistance.


No formal philosophy experience is required to participate in any of our events (either as a facilitator or as a regular guest). All that is required is that you are open-minded and respectful of your fellow guests.


Please Note:

  • If you would like to attend this event then you need to sign up as a member and RSVP for this event on-line through this website.
  • You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay for this event. (Look for the link that allows you to pay with a credit card without having a PayPal account).
  • Latecomers will not be admitted (after 7:15). We`re being flexible on this considering the weather
  • Admission does not include the cost of your dinner.

Arrival time is 7:00pm at which time everyone will be provided a seat at one of our reserved tables (6 people max at each table). We will start our discussions at 7:15 once people have settled and have ordered their drinks/food. As a courtesy to your fellow attendees and to the facilitators, please arrive on time.

Click here for a map to this venue

I hope to see you there!

-Glen



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  • Charles

    It was definitely a worthwhile and stimulating discussion with our group. The topic generated lots of somewhat unrelated discussions but still challenging. A great forum to know what concerns others.

    February 28, 2013

  • Katerina F.

    Thank you all for good discussion. Cheers to David for first time facilitation, a job well done!

    February 27, 2013

  • David J.

    Great as always.

    February 27, 2013

  • Emad

    I will be there

    February 27, 2013

  • Debbie

    I am up in Richmond Hill and want to give up my space to somebody closer to the event tonight. Looking forward to next time. - Debbie

    February 27, 2013

  • khozema m.

    my guest cannot attend, but i will be there.

    February 27, 2013

  • Xavier

    Sorry. I already have plans, but will def try to make the next one! :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Emad

    I support rescheduling too now that I see how it is outside

    February 27, 2013

  • Baris A

    Although i can make it via TTC I support rescheduling.

    February 27, 2013

  • Sabastian G.

    I'm in favor of rescheduling.

    February 27, 2013

  • Emad

    I don't mind driving from mississauga.. I just don't wanna walk in this weather.. I but I also just heard on the radio that the snowfall warning is not in effect anymore

    February 27, 2013

  • randolph m

    I think we should reschedule our meetup tonight in consideration to those driving from out of town.

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Regarding the weather and tonight's meetup: yes the location is close to the TTC and subway, but I'm driving in from Brampton. Altho' I've been MEANING to attend an event with this group. My PURPOSE is not to end up in an accident die to poor conditions! ☺

    February 27, 2013

  • Stephen

    Hi Glen. Please let me know if an opening comes up for this Wed 27. In my absence, I beleive the purpose in life is to grow into full compassion through consciousness.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sabastian G.

    Yes, I'll be pleased to facilitate. Thanks.

    February 24, 2013

  • Rehana

    I can help facilitate

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can help facilitate.

    February 13, 2013

  • David J.

    I'm happy to facilitate this time.

    January 31, 2013

  • Glen B.

    I'll help facilitate this event

    January 31, 2013

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