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Madison Public Library - Sequoya Library

4340 Tokay Boulevard · Madison, WI

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    What we're about

    Keeping in mind the beautiful thoughts penned down by Bohemian Poet Rainer Maria Rilke some 120 years ago in Switzerland, "Live the Questions" explores a rich variety of questions: fun, serious, philosophical, dramatic, crazy, risqué, practical, heartfelt, etc. All get to choose out of a collection of books with life's questions. From there a dialog of thoughts is build. Of course, with respect for privacy and feelings, one can always pass if a topic is found too difficult or delicate to answer. The idea is to have a cosy comfortable philosophical experience with an interesting group of people. Sometimes only one or a few questions get tackled, and other times questions and answers start flying all around. Our willingness to answer is the only limitation. Looking forward to meet you. Sincerely, gerard.

    “ Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ” Rainer Rilke - 1903

    New members often ask how the group functions and how a Live the Questions meet-up really proceeds, so here a bit of an elaboration on what's in the intro:

    I have collected dozens of books with questions during the last decades, in half a dozen languages (plus members have already brought new ones also, wherefore THANKS). During a Live the Questions meet-up, as "Questioneers", we go around the table and everyone picks a question at random from one of the books that looks good to them (or speaks to them, if you will). We like to let fate decide a bit... The books I bring are all in English. The person then answers that question, or can always "pass" if it were too uncomfortable, or we come back to them later if they so desire. It's all very congenial, and people chime in left and right which creates the philosophical atmosphere, sometimes "lite", and sometimes it goes very deep. The focus is on "genuine-ness" and everyone having a fair chance to talk, with nobody dominating the dialog, which often happens in meet ups... We have good laughs and there are sometimes rather surprising answers also, which is just fine and adds to the good atmosphere. With light questions we move around the table rapidly. When the question happens to be very deep, we hardly make it around the table with everyone else having the chance to pick a question... Anyway, you get the drift, don't you? All the best to all.

    Greets and all the best to all,


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