Small Group Discussions

The expression “We the people” has become confused with “We the wealthy and powerful, who can afford to buy media time to promote an agenda we find favorable.” That is not we the citizens of our nations and of the world. That is not we the ordinary people who want good outcomes for our families, and communities, and the human family.

Since we don’t yet have an agreed way forward, we ordinary people need to talk things over. When we have face-to-face meetings with friends and neighbors, we can be reasonably sure those present have no hidden commercial, corporate, or governmental agenda.

People who live near us, and whom we may know, are likely to be able to dialogue respectfully with each other, even if they disagree. “Flaming” seems to be a phenomenon of the anonymous Internet. When real people get together in small groups to discuss real questions, real listening is possible. We humans tend to have the same kinds of experiences and concerns. And when we talk about protection from the climate crisis, we’re all in the same boat. Small group discussions serve to uncover, clarify, and communicate our intents.

In the best case, real people would come together in small groups first to discuss the issues, and work out with their neighbors what they want to happen, before political options are discussed. Politics is an important way to get things done. But it involves money and power, and can apply strong commercial and governmental pressures which may divide the electorate. If we start by asking “What is realistic, practical and most profitable now?” the answer will always be business as usual.

If we limit politics to business as usual, change may come as a surprise, be unwelcome, and come at a high cost to real people.

You can host a small group discussion. Simply tell people you’ve come across a little book that has your attention, and you’d like to talk about it. People can read the text at this website—it’s only about 13 typewritten pages. You can order copies from this website for free. When people come together, you may want to take turns reading the text out loud, and when you come to a point someone finds worth discussing, stop to talk about it.

At the end of the book are 14 points that Mother Nature makes, but on which people may disagree. These are large-scale questions of our time. See what you think.

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