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Post by Flamendr on November 20th 2011, 20:31

Have a good conversation Wink

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Post by Aldous Zamiatin on November 20th 2011, 22:09

We need a subject... How about the weather? Razz
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Post by MaryamQ on November 21st 2011, 10:27

The weather is always safe. Smile Or we could try poetry. Here is my latest.

Socially Taboo

In conversation about a TV interview
I am confronted with a sad reality –
Otherwise rational people
Cannot discuss politics or religion.

How do I explain to an Arab Muslim
That many American Christians
Who do not believe Jews will be saved
Support Zionists in Israel
For religious, not political reasons?
How can he understand
What makes no sense to me:
People claiming faith in God
Hope to hurry Him to keep His promises?

Perhaps we should try
Domestic politics
Where tiny numbers of “populists”
On the right and the left
Each believe that they represent
The majority of the people.
Then again, perhaps not.

Why do I suppose
A dogmatic mind
Will be enlightened
By talk of opposing dogma
Or one view of history
Will be swayed by another’s “facts”?
If each of us supposes
His truth is Truth
Where is the ground
Where minds may meet?

Maybe Mom was right.
Let’s just talk about the weather.

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18 November 2011
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Post by Helviro on November 21st 2011, 21:24

you're still great.

I've missed you and your poetry.
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Post by Aldous Zamiatin on November 21st 2011, 21:36

Having an open mind and keeping doubt are important elements in acquiring knowledge about the world and about others. People whoose beliefs are set for ever and cannot be shaken no matter what, run the danger to end up calling the day a night, even if the sun is obviously shining.

A very nice poem, Maryam, and a great link to the weather discussion (;
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Post by MaryamQ on November 22nd 2011, 06:58

Thanks, guys. This is one reason RB always feels like home. People are not set in their own opinions, but instead curious to learn about what others think.
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