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AUTUMN REFLECTIONS

Continue 2021 with a discovery of practical wisdom and learn how it can be applied in daily life. Come along to one or all of our series of three talks to be held during the Autumn term break.

Encouraging truth and goodness in our children through listening

A talk by Carla Dolphin

As parents we do our best to provide our children with goodness and truth. We will examine how we can prepare ourselves to listen to our children and keep the channels of communication open. Hear quotes from the wise about parenting/teaching, the ages/stages of development and ways to maximise opportunities for day-to-day discussions with our children.

WHEN
Tuesday 11 May, 7-8.30pm

WHERE
Online via Zoom.
The Zoom link will be included in the confirmation email sent after booking.

COST
$10

Socrates: philosophy as a way of life

A talk by Donna Hickey

Darwin is a multicultural city and in my time there I lived in a neighbourhood where the residents were predominantly Greek born or first-generation Greek-Australian. The Fortiades family lived next door. Both parents were from the Agean island of Kalymnos. They had three lovely, lively daughters and then after a ten-year gap, Mrs Fortiades gave birth to a son. They named him Socrates Evil Knievel Hercules because, as his proud father explained, he wanted his boy to have the wisdom of Socrates, the courage and daring of Evil Knievel and the strength of Hercules. With hindsight, after my many years in the Plato group, I would have advised Mr Fortiades, that the stand-alone name Socrates would have sufficed. All the qualities he wanted to endow to his son would be evoked with that name.

Socrates! Before I came to the school the philosopher was a distant and obscure figure of antiquity ( and a name resounding in my Darwin neighbourhood).  He was important no doubt to the history of ideas but was he still relevant? Slowly, gradually as I became more familiar with his ideas and methods of inquiry, I have become a devotee. He has become as immediate and as inspiring as he was to the Athenian youth of his time.  For Socrates the soul is our greatest treasure and we are accountable for its good condition. To flourish the soul needs to be protected and nourished. At times that may require great courage as we stand against the demands of convention or the orthodoxy of religion in the service of our inner life.  Reason and a life of constant self-examination are the source of the soul's nourishment. For Socrates, to live a good life,  philosophy needs to be our way of life. Philosophy needs to be our pilot and steer.

WHEN
Tuesday 18 May, 7-8.30pm

WHERE
Face to face at 9 Chippendall Street, Milton

COST
$10

Please note this talk is limited to 17 people.

How to Follow your Values (Talk closed)

A talk by Sam Grace

The term ‘mentor’ comes from Homer’s Odyssey. Athena, the Goddess of wisdom and virtues disguises herself as a friend of Odysseus so she can counsel his son Telemachus who’s in grave danger.

If you can find a willing friend who embodies the same qualities, you are doing very well. Most of us will have to rely on other strategies. ‘What would a wise person do here?’

What do wise people avoid?

What do they pursue in life?

How do we embody qualities like modesty, enthusiasm, efficiency and generosity?

How can we be at one with the divine element of reason within us?

Neither corrupted by pleasure or injured by pain, remaining untouched by insults?

This might sound like a lofty topic, but it really it a central question in finding out who we are, how our potential can be reached, and how to find contentment with what we have.

WHEN
Tuesday 4 May, 7-8.30pm

WHERE
Face to face at 9 Chippendall Street, Milton

COST
$10

Please note this talk is limited to 17 people.