"The first duty of love is to listen." -- Paul Tillich
My path stresses the value of being able to put oneself into the position of another. We build so many inner walls that it is a very difficult thing to do. I know this from experience. I remember once completely underestimating another on my path simply from prejudgment. It was a sobering experience.
If I am drawn philosophically to understanding the meaning and purpose of human life on earth, listening is a skill necessary for me to become better at. Otherwise the heart of philosophy which provides experiential "meaning" is built on imagination which cannot lead to wisdom.
Simone Weil wrote: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." Attentive opening of our psych to receive the impressions of another without prejudgment is required to put oneself into the position of another. Otherwise we first color the experience with our own defenses and/or imagined self importance.
What better way on the Internet to put oneself into the position of another then inviting another to express themselves while paying attention so as to try to put myself into their position. Rather then debate, these interviews are attempts to further the understanding by creating through questioning the means that help another to express themselves leading to a more detailed and better discussions .
Hopefully members will find some ideas brought by the one interviewed worth discussing. It can be done on another board while this one is to clarify the beliefs of the one being interviewed.
If philosophy is the love of wisdom that some are drawn to, what better way to further our understanding then in seeking to understand the process: our attraction to what provides "meaning." The essential purpose of interviews will be to understand the need for "meaning" in another without criticism for the sake of bettering the interviewer's understanding. If someone else profits, so much the better.
"For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation." Simone Weil
Perhaps the distance between the two lessens the more we can put ourselves into the position of another.
The first interview will be with Lilly who I know as a Fundamentalist from another site. So rather then define Lilly as a Fundamentalist, I seek to know Lilly as as person and what attracts her to Fundamentalism
I am more attracted to esoteric Christianity which doesn't prevent me from accepting that certain ideas are fundamentally important. So I'll try to get to know Lilly and her atraction to fundamentalism.