关于读书会

We will have a group of people to "read" together.  Why and how?  This is a list of topics we might want to discuss:

1)宗旨:读圣贤,做君子,远小人 - each word can be interpreted in very different ways so there can be tons of versions.  For me, the key is to build a healthy values system useful in our lives;  It is the lighthouse to direct where we go; it is the harbor for our souls; therefore, to read 圣贤 is to constant ask the thinkers from our past about how to live a good life.  However, don't think we can get an absolutely correctly answer - all their answers came from the lives they lived and their ancestors.  We need to think about what they said.  We need to place what they said in the world we are facing.  We need to read their writings by sitting at Hudson River looking at the World Trade Center, not on the fishing boat at Yellow River.

2)读什么书:

A类 -安身立命:论语,圣经, 等 等

B类 -世界文化精品 

C类 -best sellers and books useful for our daily lifves (e.g. statistics for real estate which I would like to write if there is no one yet)

3) Format

there are following possible formats we can borrow:

a) from church -  Do we want to pray?  probably not.  Yet, do we want to sing a song together? Possibly we might? Do we want to recite a poem together? May be.  Do we want to have some one play a music?

b) Socrates Coffee - there is a very active Meet Up in NYC area called Socrates Coffee - people get together to discuss important topics with more philosopical bearing.  It is said very interesting and we can learn the details.

c) Panel discussions from conferences - for an important topic, we select a few speakers and let them form a panel and then let the audience raise questions 

d) traveling together - we might move certain activities to the site with reading and traveling combined.  for example, we might make a trips with our kids from Boston to Philadelphia to DC while reading some American history or visit an Indian reservation

e)?

4) Organizers:

Once a list of activties are decided, a list of organizers team should be formed for the annual actities - each one is responsible for one activity.  This way, the burden of organization will be split among the members.

Also, for some actities, we can let the parent work gother with their kids so that kids can exercise their social skills.

5) Where?  It is part of MIT activity so most time let Principal worry about it.  Yet, sometimes if we go some traveling, then we let the organizers decide.

6)Funding? It is part of MIT activity so most time let Principal worry about it.  Yet, sometimes if we want to invite some speakers, then we might worry about funding ourselves - for example, if we want to invite Dr. Fu from Taiwan, then we might need to get some dollars from our pockets or from some donations.

7) website: wechat is good for messaging, not for serious discussions or writing.  读书会need our own forum online so that we can easily organize our writings or speaches.  We can place our videos on Youtube and photos on flikr and articles on our own website.

8) Topics for group disussions:

Our mission is serious - 读书做人。Our topics should be interesting and down to earth.  For example, to read discuss kids education ideaology, we can ask some parents to discuss how they choose their schools, deal with homeworks, and weekend classes and why?  

We can engage some thing in our daily life and raise some disucssion and then try to find books to read:

for eample, how many people stop at the sign of Reverel HIlls development at hills and asked who is that guy who is riding a horse?  Where is he is going?  Why he deserves to be the name of this Toll Brother development?  why not put my photo and name it Ying or John or Wenqi or Blueblue sky?

when you go the theater of Paper Mill Play House, don't you think the name is just weired?  what is Paper Mill?  what happened in the past in this area?  What does what happened with paper mills in general have to do with American hisotry?

then you might want to find some books to read .....