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Transbelief Dialogue 27 @ MIA, "Totalitarian Edifices Greater Than Democratic?"

Welcome to our 27th Transbelief Dialogue & Nature Walk, where we follow Aristotle's path of peripatetically discussing our differences. It's been called "Mindwalk + My Dinner with Andre!" This time, our December "Nature" walk will be an indoor walk, through Human Nature! We'll meet at the MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art) to check out artifacts from the Qin Dynasty "Great Tomb" of the First Emperor of China, Qin ShiHuang -- including some of his tomb's hundreds of life-size Terracotta Warriors. Admission to the Exhibition will be free this Sunday (thanks to Target!). After we check out the Terracotta Warriors and hear about the Emperor's Great Tomb (with underground rivers of mercury) and his Great Wall of China, we'll stroll through the rest of the Museum's China artifacts while hearing each other's perspectives and worldviews through reasoning dialogue. This Meetup is part of our group's recurring forum, The Dialogium, for facilitative, reasoning dialogue between FMCOR's very different folks!

For our Dialogium 27 on the greatest remaining historical artifacts of Qin Dynasty Imperial China, we'll offer and discuss our individual perspectives on a topic arising from what we'll see:

"Are Totalitarianism's

Edifices Greater than

Those of Democracy?"

We'll Meetup at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9 in the east entrance of MIA. You can check your coat there before we see the exhibit. Plan on not a lot of talking and a big crowd (only on this day in December is the exhibition free to the general public). There is no admission fee to the remainder of the MIA, either, but bring a few bucks to make a donation to the Museum if you can. After we see the exhibit, we'll escape the crowd and walk through the remainder of the Asian exhibits, discussing questions including:

  • What were, and are, some of humanity's greatest ancient edifices -- its greatest works?
  • How many of them were created only through royal dictate, or enslavement?
  • How many were created by free societies?
  • Which are "superior" works, and why?
  • May totalitarianism -- or democracy -- be necessary in the future to achieve our greatest dreams for humanity?
  • Can a great edifice reflect true humanity if it's based on enslavement?
  • Should we be building great edifices at all?

Don't miss FMCOR's Dialogium 27, to tell us how YOU see the Foundation of Humanity's Greatest Edifices!

Logistics: Let us know when you RSVP if you want a carpool ride.

After our 2:00-4:00 p.m. Walk-n-Talk, those who've worked up an appetite will visit a local S. Mpls restaurant near the MIA for after-dinner -- restaurant suggestions welcome!

Of necessity, this FMCOR Meetup on December's only FREE Exhibit-Admission afternoon at MIA's "Terracotta Warriors" exhibit will conflict with the Metrodome's noon Vikings-Bears game, but please consider coming anyway and TiVOing the game! And invite your buds for our Walk & Talk -- the more different we are, the more enlightening our conversation!

Hoping to see (and hear!) you at our Dialogium 27 on, "Are Totalitarian Works Greater Than Democratic Ones?" -- RSVP "Yes" today!

(When you RSVP, please tell us: 1) If you want a carpool ride to and from our Meetup & Dinner; 2) If you need monetary assistance to attend our after-dinner; and 3) If you have suggestions for a question you'd like FMCOR to discuss at a later Dialogium.)

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  • Frank B.

    To the other FMCORites who had intended to come but got snowed in, we'll hope that our January Meetup (planned for Como Arboretum or another indoor walking venue) will miss 2013's biggest snowstorm. Hope everybody's all dug out! :) -- Season's Greetings, and hope you have a Happy New Year.

    December 9, 2012

  • Frank B.

    Today's 10 inch snowstorm put our Meetup "on ice" except for a few hardy souls who really, really wanted to see China's Terracotta Warriors exhibit -- which was great, btw. Thx August and Rachel!

    December 9, 2012

  • Frank B.

    Howdy FMCORites -- 1 week out! We'll all meetup next Sunday (Dec 9) 2pm inside MIA's east (main) entrance, inside the glass doors. Expect a line for the initial Warriors exhibit, but not the later MIA walk. Because there may be a crowd or line at the entrance (for the free exhibit), and because 3 of our 7 current RSVPers will be newcomers, we'll meetup before getting in line (MN Nice only goes so far!). Newbies, look for my beard and the blue "Mao" cap I'll be wearing (sans any red star!), and/or for Kristin's cool back-of-neck tattoo! -- Frank Burton, FMCOR Co-Organizer

    December 2, 2012

  • Frank B.

    Reminder: December 9 is MIA's "free" day for the exhibit. (On one day each month, the MIA's exhibit is free to the public, sponsored by Target Corp). So you won't have to buy a ticket.

    November 26, 2012

  • Frank B.

    From our out-of-state friend, David Wetzell (Hi Dave!): "If you like, pipe in my view that all "democracies" today are unstable mixes of popular democracy and aristocracy/plutocracy. And there are still tensions even in autocracy: There's still going to be circulation of the elites; it'll just be more erratic, extreme and violent. -- dlw"

    November 25, 2012

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