The idea for this post came from some questions raised by Eric Tonningsen‘s blog Awakening to Awareness.
So, what do you like to talk about? I don’t mean the casual exchanges and polite conversations with people who pass through our lives.
I have a real desire for deep and meaningful conversations – usually in a one on one situation. I like to think about possibilities for our shared future. I search for answers to the questions about why we still go to war knowing the enormous costs – especially to loss of life, property and our shared interests and history.
I also love talking to children aged from about three years old and above. I love the simplicity of how they see the world and I marvel and how much a child can see from such an early age.
It is also good to hear the wisdom of people who have lived a long life without becoming embittered by it. There is so much we can learn from our elders.
People who have hit rock bottom in their lives can also have a great clarity about what is important and how to do it – or at least where to start that journey.
Issues such as euthanasia, the death penalty, the customs and beliefs of other cultures and religions are also stimulating topics. I do not like to argue and very much believe in the philosophy of ‘live and let live’. I can sustain a conversation with someone whose views are totally different than mine and accept that they have the right to believe as they choose. I also hope others will offer me the same respect.
Scientific topics are interesting but my depth of knowledge is limited. I try to keep an open mind. I also hope the scientists will keep an open mind as well and not defend their ideas for the sake of protecting a point of view. Science itself is evolving and we learn new things each day and sometimes dispose of past beliefs in the process.