Are you someone who likes to chew the fat, enjoy discussion even dissension, sound off about issues, and wants to hear other people’s point of view in a respectful and civil manner?
A Dungog discussion group is in the making and needs the numbers to make it work.
Helen Proud has proposed an idea and is looking to gauge the interest from other community members.
“A lot of us are so angry underneath about some issues and we keep a lot of it to ourselves, when some of us would love to talk about it,” she said.
“We would leave our biases at home and open our minds to other possibilities.
“Here is how it may work – if you agree.
“We would meet monthly in each other’s homes, at a time to suit everyone.
“It could be day or night depending on the group.
“We might begin with a set topic but anyone could suggest a topic for the next gathering.”
Helen suggested some starting topics to discuss could include: The purpose of travel in the age of TV documentaries; Do we have a right to make our own end of life choices; Is equality a myth?; Are there too many books and writers?; Is political correctness necessary?; Are there too many accolades, trophies, presentations, awards, decorations?; Is peace any longer possible?; Is democracy working any longer?; Do politicians earn their salaries and benefits?
“You would present your argument briefly and the rest of the time together would be up to each person’s contribution involving polite discussion and points of view,” said Helen.
"Such a group may contribute to the social capital in our town and broaden our world view, sharing thoughts with each other to enrich our understanding of how others feel and even influencing our own beliefs.
“Vitality of conversation is the spice of life.”
“We could garner interest now and put our discussion group in practice next year, say from February.
“If there are no takers then we will leave it there.”
If you are interested in joining the discussion group which would start early in 2018, ring Helen Proud on 0458 543 732.
“Here’s to good thinking and talking if the challenge is taken up.”