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Inquiring Minds

THIS WEEK    |   Listen Online via Zoom    |    Meeting ID 863 9059 0096

Chaos Rising: Recapturing the Middle Way

This Sunday, we continue our discussion on chaos and crisis. Through literature and philosophy, we will search for solutions using moderation and the Golden Mean. The first article, called “Two Men Falling”, comes from the Weekly Dish and describes some of the painful aspects of the crisis in Afghanistan. The second item is a poem by William Wordsworth, called “The World Is Too Much With Us”. This powerful piece talks of how we are rushing about our lives and leaving humanity behind. Wordsworth could not have envisioned the chaos in Afghanistan last week, but he was likely writing about the growing industrialization of the early 1800s.

In addition, we will review Aristotle’s Golden Mean and a quote by Maimonides on extremes. The wisdom of these great thinkers can help us recognize that our lives include many extremes, though we seek moderation or “the middle way”. Please join StoicDan and Ellen Hurwitz, PhD, this Sunday for “Chaos Rising: Recapturing the Middle Way”. We hope you’ll read the following material and bring a friend to the discussion. Hope to see you there!

Suggested Reading:

“Two Men Falling”
Andrew Sullivan at The Weekly Dish

“The World Is Too Much With Us”
A Poem by William Wordsworth

Aristotle’s Golden Mean and The Role of Moderation
From the Bahai Teachings web site

Maimonides quote on Extremes:
“If a man finds that his nature tends or is disposed to one of these extremes…, he should turn back and improve, so as to walk in the way of good people, which is the right way. The right way is the mean in each group of dispositions common to humanity; namely, that disposition which is equally distant from the two extremes in its class, not being nearer to the one than to the other.”

A few weeks ago, a few members indicated their interest in joining a separate discussion on a book that I mentioned –“Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife” by Leslie Kean. Let me know if you are interested in reading the book and getting on the discussion list — probably in late August.


Our Inquiring Minds group meets to discuss a chosen topic in an informal setting. Subjects include religion, current events, politics, and science, among others. Drop-in visitors are always welcome. Inquiring Minds information is also available at the Plato’s Cave meetup website: meetup.com/PlatosCave


Please submit a relevant discussion subject to me that you would like to introduce for a future discussion. The introduction should be no more than 10-15 minutes.


Aug 29 2021


9:00 am - 10:00 pm



Zoom meetings are online, video-conferencing meetings. It does require the installation of free software to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Link to the particular Zoom location will be found in the event description.

Stephen Hall


Stephen Hall

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