At the last, heavily-attended meeting, the group wound around many issues concerning the aftermath of the election. Emotion-filled and reflective at once, the meeting kept coming back to a number of concerns that Bendik-Keymer grouped under the word "consideration" -- namely, the consideration of others and the consideration of history, nature, and reality. Exploring some of the deep conditions of democracy and ranging across the virtual age, "post-truth" (the Oxford English Dictionary's new word of the year), the diminishment of social studies and civics from public school curricula, the importance of learning about humankind, and even the emotional-mental state needed to shift discourse from insult to communication, from chatter to spiritual poetry, the group took up D.'s idea of making a Moral Inquiries statement on the election.
In our first December meeting, taking off of the successful writing workshops of this summer that began with Civic Now! at SPACES with Punctum Books and Guide to Kulchur, we will seek to do just that.