ArLyne's Diamonds

A running commentary of ideas

Sunday, June 19, 2005

New Friends

How wonderful it is to meet and enjoy people who share common values and interests with you. Last night was especially nice because it was the first time I had dinner and spent the evening with Joanne and Chuck. They are "classical libertarians", highly educated, knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects, and just plain fun.

We had a great evening.
I write this because it bothers me that we have all become so busy with our worklives that we don't take enough time to visit - just plain visit - with people we enjoy.

Coming from New York, I was so accustomed to having friends drop by daily. We spoke about all kinds of things (as kids we solved the world's problems of course) and took walks together, or "hung out" on my front stoop. In a small way we replicated what some great thinkers have created with their "Sunday Salons." How I wish I were part of one.

Friends, let's not forget the value of "hanging out". We nourish each other when we do.


  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger dapete said…

    Yes, the combination of friends who are fun - and those who share your values is indeed a great gift.

  • At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Jen Berkley said…

    True, ArLyne! Life has gotten so complicated somehow that we forget the simple pleasures of dialogue...and focus on going/doing/buying instead...thanks for reminding me of the rich friendships I have and need to nurture!

  • At 5:57 PM, Anonymous LaDonn DuBois said…

    I agree, good friendships are as hard to find as good wine.

  • At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The lack of dialogue has a lot to do with the lack of thought in our schools. In the book "From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Thought" the author, Michael Strong, explains how people learn through dialogue. It is not only fun to share thought, it is essential to share thought in order to learn. In the old days people thought you learned only by listening_not so. You learn by listening, processing, and sharing how you took in and understood the information.


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