This Saturday we will be beginning our way through a dialogue between "A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues" by Andre Compte-Sponville and "Burden Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles, by Lisa Tessman.
What's so great about being polite? How does being polite bring out the best in yourself and others? What about being polite to bullies and aggressors? How does being polite hold up in the face of prejudice and persecution?
This morning, on the way to Salt City Cafe for this month’s Conversations on “Independence,” I lost control during a turn, hit a curb, and am now getting the tire repaired.
We will pick up the conversation again in February!
Until then, cheers!
I am out of town the first week of September, so let's meet up on the last Sunday of August (8/27) to discuss the virtue of Humor!
"Seeing the funny sides of situations and of oneself doesn’t sound very serious, but it is integral to wisdom, because it’s a sign that one is able to put a benevolent nger on the gap between what we want to happen and what life can actually provide; what we dream of being and what we actually are, what we hope other people will be like and what they are actually like. Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channelled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness."
Let's get some breakfast and some coffee and talk about how humor has helped us, how it can help us, and how it might help to nurture our best selves.
I hope you are all enjoying every opportunity that comes your way this summer. I've had the pleasure of hosting a visit from family in Georgia, spent the weekend with my wife getting to know Cleveland, and will soon be hosting some family from Florida.
Although there are no Conversations in July or August, I look forward to reconnecting with you in September. In the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out if you need some pastoral care from a Humanist perspective.
Please join me for May's Community Conversation where we will discuss the virtue of sacrifice. Not in the sense that Ayn Rand or ancient religions, but rather in the more Humanist sense of demonstrating that someone or something is worth more to you than...than what. What have you given up? And for what greater good? And when do you know you ought to sacrifice something important to you for something that is more important? Have you ever been inspired by someone's sacrifice?
May 7 at 407 Cafe in Liverpool NY
On March 5th, join me and some friends for a discussion on the value of empathy. We will meet at 8am at Cafe 407 in Liverpool.