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Prof. Bruinink’s column: https://spokanefavs.com/dont-reach-out-and-dont-touch-someone/
Ven. Nyima’s column: https://spokanefavs.com/the-human-connection-kindness-and-interdependence/
Rev. Elfert’s column: https://spokanefavs.com/categorize-things-not-people/
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Re Rev Elfert and categories: This relates to both barriers to connections and channels for connections. During the quarantine, I connect more easily with many organizations that are formed specifically because they revolve around a category or identity. I aslo identify myself as a variety of specific categories even with strangers, as a method of creating connections with them.
Do the panelists believe that our capacity to communicate, e.g., Zoom, text, tweet, post, etc., is reducing our ability to communicate? By that I mean, save unmuting, theses mediums are simply a monologue versus a dialogue. There is often no exchange of information but a pushing (publishing) of our individual ideas/ideologies and thus no connection
Thank you Martin
This also relates to judging others for not articulating their thoughts in the manner that someone demands that we articulate them.
The Other Selzers
I find the differences in physical contact & physical space norms in regards to ethnic groups & possibility generations. I keep thinking that we are creating new norms now that will stay with us forever. I think of young kids potentially forming distrust in physical contact. Long term implications? dueThoughts from panelists?
Well said Phil. By the way, love the first name
Thank you Ven. Thubten Nyima.
Many may not realize the UU Spokane Church I am a member of has been experiencing a lot of controversy and upheaval because our minister published a book that was against the adaptation of teaching anti-racism. This doesn't connect with the suffering and taking action over a year later. Many in the congregation are now sharing that view and it has ripped our congregration apart.
So it's interesting to hear from those who responded.
Do you see any benefits in anonymous online spaces / communities for fostering human connection and honest conversations? I know online anonymity is often viewed as a contributor to online hostility / bullying, but I wonder how it might also be helpful in facilitating actual conversations and connection (As opposed to posting content/quotes on social media just because your name and reputation are involved).
what is a concrete way or questions we can ask ourselves what level of acceptance we have to physical space? I have social distanced and quarantined since March 13, I feel a deep responsibility for care of others, but I’m called to go to the walk tomorrow
I know for me, my social distancing has been mostly for others, since I have no pre-existing conditions, although there is a new level of anxiety in the presence of others in public. but I have chosen not to go to protests at this time because of consideration of others to not spread the illness. I think it’s a difficult thing to consider because black and brown people are dying at disproportions rates from the virus.
what about the "miasma" of violence, and racism that is a part of the danger of getting out to protest in this country? gassing, police brutality, white supremacist violence?
I beleive if you make a decision to remain at home, yet continue beyond a moment or movement to stand justice a e equality... it is much more impactful. My humble opinion as a black man
I definitely think twice about going to the grocery store or leaving my house at all. this is not a selfish thing as you are suggesting.
I'd be curious what others think about how our current leaders should express more human connection in their various "pulpits/platforms" through the COVID-19 crisis and this wave of protest?
Does our embodied-ness make touching each other spiritually important within your respective traditions?
I'm mostly concerned with our president honestly ...
I just heard an explosion; so I'll leave. Thanks for hosting and participating.
great comment about empathy and policy decisions
Excellent point on spirit of service. Thank you.
Great point on being a teacher and their "children." I need to go … but I wanted to thank you all for sharing your wisdom.
thanks Cassy, for being here
B being enfleshed spirits
Just because bootstraps came up earlier: here’s a piece from a little while back about that expression: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/economic-mobility.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytopinion&fbclid=IwAR1FKqgzcXVdd9Rc-nmkJSEhTUImZ9VIvKVj5rX8eMEmkKwIlH5hsahu_20
Thank you panelists!
Excellent, everyone. Thank you.