Do you want your faith confirmed or challenged?
Like the muscles of the body, faith will atrophy without activity. What strengthens muscles? Challenge in the form of physical resistance. What strengthens faith? Challenges. The truth is just that, the truth. It is not dispelled by examination but rather it is vindicated by it. If something cannot stand such scrutiny then it is either false or something which cannot be proven. In either case, the point is made.
Do you want intellecual stimulation or idiotic rote repetition? Do you want all to participate or have a "leader" dispense information (light?).
I believe those questions are answered above as well.
Do you want social stimulation through diversity or would you prefer that the group be of same color, class and economic status (comfort zone)?
This question is a little more difficult to answer. This is especially true if that diversity includes a wide gap in education levels. Obviously what can be discussed on a college level might not be appreciated by individuals that never so much as completed grade school. On the other hand, if the discussion is too simplistic then it will hold no interest for those want a higher form of intellectual stimulation.
The same principle would hold true for cultural and ethnic (I presume that is what you meant by 'color')groups. It's a sad mistake we make when we say that we treat people differently because of the color of their skin. That is simply not so. We are
different. Denying that adds to the problem. We need to recognize those differences and acknowledge that they exist.
For example: I know that women are different from men and boy, do I love the difference! The 'differences' do not necessarily make one superior to the other, just different. But imagine if we ignored the differences and tried to pretend that men and women are the same...
Anyway, I hope you see my point. The challenge here in what you are presenting in the form of a question (very good one!) is to take into account all the diversities of the group and together
work out a discussion that all can benefit from. Participation
by all who want to participate, I believe, is the key.
My slant on it. What about you?
Edited by - Frenchy on 7 June 2000 7:59:25