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"Consideration"­ Writing Workshop

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.

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  • Tony T.

    I took a first round draft of trying to collect our thoughts as a group and consolidate it into a statement reflecting our thoughts, emotions, and a call to action to join groups like the one we create every time we meet. (please let me know if the link works or not)

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aDELdyvtWOQC4kXNsRJ1CSVYN4nxR6QnYooqlGGFETE/edit?usp=sharing

    1 · December 2

    • Jeremy David B.

      The stuff about harmony and rhythm -- and soul searching -- sounds more like you than what I was hearing. There were different voices. One clear version of them wanted a way to not alienate people with opposing views, but the write up pretty much decides where things stand. Hence, the fall-back idea -- by going back to a more neutral democratic assertion of core non-partisan democratic values, we avoid taking sides.

      4 days ago

    • Jeremy David B.

      Anyway, I like the write-up very much (I retumbled it) -- just wanting us to be as intersubjective as possible. Thanks for getting us started, Tony!

      4 days ago

  • Elsa J.

    got a paper to write. maybe next time

    1 · December 1

  • Walter S N.

    I would hope to find those persons who can best describe the U.S. today, in its (our) reality. Then start to work from there. I cannot find any U.S. historical equivalent to Donald Trump.

    2 · November 30

  • Jeremy David B.

    I realized that I have an appointment until 7:00. I will show up at 7:30 PM.

    1 · November 27

  • Chris L.

    RATS... two events that night that are CALLING me... the World HIV/AIDS event being held at Case Western that evening AND, the local "SURJ" Chapter is meeting with A LOT of folks expected to show up... DO take good care of yourselves and THANKS for creating and holding THIS space for us all. :) :)

    2 · November 26

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