“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..”
― Pablo Casals
“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.”
― Whoopi Goldberg
What is it about art that has the ability to move us is so many different ways? Whether we are creators of art, performers of it or consumers of it, art has an important role in our lives.
We experience art in different ways in different times. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by it, sometimes we are made to think of our place in the universe, sometimes we just want to escape into it.
Art at times seems to have a direct pathway to our inner self. Have you ever been to a museum or concert where the art is speaking directly to your soul. For some of us, art is where we get our sense of spirituality.
Our next Big Questions Forum will address how art moves us. We will discuss what art means to us and our experiences with it.
In a saner and more reflective epoch, the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan commented that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.” Continue reading…
For this month’s Big Question Forum we ask: Can you be open to dialogue with The Other? Are you willing to risk growth, being changed by elements of a perspective you had previously thought abhorrent? Continue reading…
The Chinese word for crisis is commonly thought to be formed by combining the ideograms for danger and opportunity. This appears to be, at best, an over-simplification – rather than “opportunity”, the second symbol apparently connotes something closer to “critical point”.
But the trope seems relevant today at what many consider a critical point in the American journey. The aftermath of the election of 2016 feels like a precarious moment that could be both fraught with danger and, perhaps, rife with opportunity.
There are indeed big questions that confront anyone who aspires to be woke in 2017. So for the second straight month, the Big Question Forum will continue to enable the questions that emerge from this time of crisis.
On Tuesday December 13th the BQF will dwell on two big questions related to the assumed crisis:
How worried do I have to be?
What can I be doing about it?
As always, we hope to make this personal: in considering the dangers, what worries you specifically? The second half of each discussion will address the opportunity: in what ways can this time of crisis give rise to positive developments? And how specifically will you respond – in thought, word and/or action – to these “opportunities”?
We look forward to the continued conversation and hope you can join us. Tuesday Dec 13th at 7:30 in the Parlor.
By the time the next Big Questions Forum rolls around on Tuesday November 15th, the pugnacious election campaign of 2016 will have concluded – at least in terms of the voting. We can but hope that there will be a measure of closure and acceptance by then, so we can begin to wonder: emerging from the fractious political battles we’ve witnessed and endured, where do we go from here? Continue reading…
The Big Questions Forum is back! We will be starting our second year in October. The first topic is “Living a Meaningful Life”. The Forum will continue to be at 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, October 18. We will start out in the Parlor and then break out into smaller groups. Continue reading…
Phenomena such as Climate Change, unrelenting materialism and ISIS don’t fill us with confidence about the survival of the human race. Evolution certainly offers no certainty. So, where exactly are we heading? Are we going the way of the dodo? Continue reading…
There are countless spectrums on which we may locate ourselves – conservative to progressive, introvert to extrovert, cautious to free-wheeling. In most cases, we aren’t merely at one pole or the other, and our position along the spectrum can change from moment to moment. Continue reading…