'Tis the season for spirited debates and conversations!
This event will consist of three parts: Conversations, Debate, and Charity Social for the Philippines relief.
PART I — Roundtable Conversations (3:00 to 5:00pm) — What does "happiness" mean to you? Defining happiness can be as elusive as achieving it. Here are (non-exhaustive) examples of some of the popular forms of "happiness."
• Financial stability or prosperity.
• Fulfillment of one's romantic desires.
• Freedom from mental, emotional, or physical strain.
• Achieving a desired societal "status" or "class," thereby enhancing one's reputation (subjective or objective).
• Or simply, pursuing a lifelong dream.
Additionally, "happiness" affects us in many different ways. Therefore, we'll consider the following:
• How does it relate to other goals you may have, like success, wealth, fulfillment, fun, or service?
• What are some of the ways to achieve happiness that have worked for you?
• Is happiness influenced by genetics, upbringing, or one's immediate surroundings?
• Is happiness influenced by religion, philosophy, spirituality, ethnicity, or psychology? What are your personal experiences?
• Is happiness best sought directly, or as an indirect byproduct from other activities?
• Have you ever given up anything to be happier? Or have you chose to be less happy to gain something else? Why?
For Part I, we'll break into small groups and discuss this topic based on personal experiences or anecdotal examples. Alternatively, we may select a subtopic of "happiness" based on suggestions from the participants and by a popular vote.
PART II — The Debates (5:00 to 7:00pm)
• Issue #1: Should a "pursuit of happiness" be a fundamental right, guaranteed to all persons? If so, would you support a Constitutional amendment from infringement of this fundamental right?
• Issue #2: The "War on Christmas" — is this an overt act of political correctness, mass media sensationalism, or secularization of a religious holiday?
• Issue #3: Is it wrong to teach children that Santa Claus exists?
For Part II, we'll debate one of the three issues above — it will be selected by a majority vote of the participants.
PART III — The Shindig! (7:30 - 11:00pm) — In keeping with the holiday spirits, everyone is encourage to bring light snacks and beverages to share for the post-event social. There's no formal agenda for this portion of the event and it's a perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow members.
Finally, this event also has a charitable purpose, as it will be a fundraiser for UNICEF in assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Please bring a personal check payable to UNICEF in any amount that you wish to contribute (in the check memo line, reference "Dept. 1800"). Although donations are not mandatory, a donor will undoubtedly achieve a state of charitable happiness! The checks will be collected by the event host and submitted on behalf of this group.
All attendees will be notified with the building address and additional details one day prior to the event.