What do you like to talk about?

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 alsoΒ  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.

I also like to listen to good jokes. I am not very good at telling them though πŸ™‚DSC00512

 

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12 thoughts on “What do you like to talk about?

  1. Hi,

    I landed here from Eric Toningsen’s blog and loved what you have written.

    You say that you like to talk about, “….about possibilities for our shared future.” As you do this, do you notice a shift in how situations occur for you? I ask this because how we think and act is deeply linked to how situations occur for us and the only way to change that is to envision a future which you can live into.

    Cheers

    Shakti

    • Yes, Peter. I often marvel at things my ancestors did, or my husband’s ancestors and realise if they had made different decisions my life would be so different today. Amazing stuff to think about. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  2. After reading this post, I feel relaxed…
    When you mentioned talking to small kids – their wisdom is sometimes astonishing. It may indeed be just simplicity, but it sometimes sounds like real wisdom πŸ™‚

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