What we're about

This group is dedicated to promoting peaceful discussion about difficult topics. Our goal is to increase mutual understanding even on topics where no agreement can be found. Let's exit our bubbles and echo chambers and engage respectfully with each other! Our first principle will be to assume that those who disagree with us have honorable intentions, and we will grant each other the dignity due to them as human beings.

For this movement I have borrowed an old american term, the "chautauqua". This is was a common facet of the late 19th and early 20th century social life. The basic concept is that we will host meetings about difficult topics, sometimes with guest speakers beginning the conversation, other times without. Our goal is to create a replicable model that anyone can use to host a chautauqua anywhere.

Upcoming events (5+)

Gun Control

Temple Beth Or

One of the most contentious issues in American civil society today is what restrictions (if any) should be placed on firearms. Proposals range from allowing everyone to concealed carry without a license, all the way to confiscating certain types of weapons. Some persons grow up with firearms and feel comfortable around them; others know them best from the frequent tragedies that appear in the news. Bill Graves, concealed carry instructor, will present one viewpoint, and we expect this to be a passionate but informative meeting. For updates on Chautauqua, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Chautauqua-Meetup/ We will meet at 7:30pm in the Assembly Room at temple. As always we will hold a civil discussion where all persons and viewpoints will be treated respectfully.

Are Violent Protests Justified?

Harris Teeter Cafe

Is the violence that often results in protests necessary for our voices to be heard? Do peaceful protests change governments? What are effective ways to change a law we feel is wrong? Let's explore these ideas. RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store. BRUNCH: The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables. MAY MEET OUTSIDE If the weather is nice, we may meet outside at the picnic tables at HOT SAUCE & KETCHUP (instead of meeting at the Harris Teeter Cafe). Their address is 7400 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. Photo of the outdoor area is below. I will update the venue a week prior to this event, so please check.

Differences between the Generations

Harris Teeter Cafe

How do the BABY BOOMERS differ from the MILLENNIALS? And what about GENERATION X, and even Z's? Is it true that the newer generation feel more entitled, and that those born in the 60's and before were more reckless, tough, and optimistic? Have the boomers exploited the financial resources for the millennials? Why do so many of today's teenagers have anxiety issues? Let's explore these differences, and discuss how they shape us as individuals trying to live together in the same society. BABY BOOMERS: 1946–1964 (54–72 years old) GENERATION X: 1965–1980 (38–53 years old) MILLENNIALS/Y: 1981–1996 (22–37 years old) GENERATION Z: 1997–Present (0–21 years old) RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store. BRUNCH: The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables. MAY MEET OUTSIDE If the weather is nice, we may meet outside at the picnic tables at HOT SAUCE & KETCHUP (instead of meeting at the Harris Teeter Cafe). Their address is 7400 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. Photo of the outdoor area is below. I will update the venue a week prior to this event, so please check. ~~~~~~~~~~~ BOOMERS Optimistic Idealistic Athletic Workaholics Adventurous Self-righteous Career Climbers Played more outside Used their imagination more Patient (things weren’t as readily available) Use technology as a tool instead of connectivity GEN X'ers Pessimistic Cynical Skeptical Street smart Individualistic “Latch-key kids” Entrepreneurial Incur much debt Divorced parents Into labels and brand names Late to marry, quick to divorce Introduced to computers in school MILLENNIALS Inactive Entitled Cerebral Confident Informed Depressed Sophisticated Technology-driven Poor interpersonal skills Aren’t as sexually active “Live more in their rooms” Slower to move out on their own Except instant access to everything Want a better lifestyle, not just work First generation to be “digital natives” Have learned the word isn’t safe (guns) Have been repeatedly told that they are special Don’t get in as much trouble as past generations GENERATION Z's Tolerant Lonely Multi-taskers Prone to panic attacks Feel pressured to succeed Many have anxiety issues Suffer from identity crisis Have never known a world without computers Helicopter parents who are obsessed with their kids Y & Z's tend to think instead of feel. The Millennials were influenced by 3 things — September 11th, the Iraq War, and the Great Recession. They aren't likely to ever forget that. Gen Z was too young to remember those things well or experience them in a direct way. It's fashionable among the current high school students to parody & ridicule “social justice warriors.” But their social justice warriors are a caricature of the real thing.

Assisted Suicide

Temple Beth Or

Should Assisted Suicide be legal in NC?

Past events (30)

Marijuana Follow-up

Compass Rose Brewery

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