THE SENSICAL SOCIETY!



MEETING TOPICS
(You can also use this list to organize your Notebook)
 

JANUARY: LIFE SKILLS, HAPPINESS, MANNERS, & MORE

Happy New Year! This is the month where many of us take stock of our lives and plan for the new year.  We commit to improve ourselves, change course, or make other adjustments that will better our lives and the lives of others. Actually, many of us do those things on an ongoing basis all year long. We have personal philosophies and snappy sayings that help us through the charms and challenges of life.  Something that often gets lost in our modern world is the role "manners" play in every day life. Yet, manners are the foundation of society. Shouldn't we act in a "manner" that we would like others to act?  That's a pretty good philosophy for both people and nations.

Your thoughts?

  • Tell your story

  • LIST what MAKES SENSE and NO SENSE to you!

  • List your goals, philosophy, snappy sayings, etc.

  • List your favorite things: people, places, music, film, art, literature, vacation, games, hobby, etc..


FEBRUARY: LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE, DIY, AND "MADE IN AMERICA

This is the month when we focus on the importance of SELF-RELIANCE... what we can do for ourselves as individuals, local communities, regions, and as a nation.  First and foremost, it really makes sense to know about primitive skills and survival methods to be prepared for any natural or manmade disaster. Second, in order to be a strong and independent nation we need vibrant local communities with skilled citizens, not reliant on imports of products and services from far away places.  This applies to any nation. It does not mean that we don't cooperate with other nations on many matters.  However, it does recognize that heavy reliance on imports constitutes a slippery slope of dependence on others, including the loss of knowledge, skilled craftsmen, and jobs. So, let's learn how to take care of ourselves and our communities! 

Your thoughts? List the ways you would make yourself, your local community, and our nation more self-reliant.  Ask your local government if they have an emergency plan as well as supplies of  food, clothing, shelter, and energy in the case of a natural or man-made emergency.

Our webpages on DIY and Local / Made In America.  Lynn also publishes on this subject: WildFoodies.org and PhillyKnits.org


MARCH: GOOD HEALTH, BAD TOXINS, & THE ENVIRONMENT

The first rule of good health is to embrace the good and avoid the bad!  You can't be exposed to toxins and consume a lot of junk food, then expect to feel great.  It's also important to understand the connection between our natural environment and public health. The earth is a closed system, so whatever we pollute will always come back to haunt us.  Our wild plants and animals have their uses for food, fiber, and medicine, while cultivated plants and animals are not what nature intended, so we don't really know how healthy they are to consume. And unfortunately, anything you buy could be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins, either on purpose or by accident.  Therefore, it is probably best to make as much of your own stuff as possible (food, medicinal herbs,  clothing, toys, etc.). Lastly, think twice about your doctor's advice. Unfortunately, most doctors have been been educated to prescribe drugs and perform surgery, which can do more harm than good.  It's also really important to take responsibility for your own mental well being. As much as you can, surround yourself with positive people and influences!  Choose the arts (music, film, fine, etc) that inspire and uplift you, wear colorful clothes, and decorate your home to be your sanctuary!

Lynn's websites on Health & Waste Issues:
HealthChecklist.htm / HealthAlertphilly.org / ZeroWasteAmerica.org

Your thoughts? List the ways you can be more healthy, avoid toxic exposure, and create unnecessary pollution.



APRIL: MONEY & SOCIETY

This is Tax Month, so it's a good time to focus on money and society.  Money can be a tricky thing.  Money can incentivize both good and evil. The goal is to encourage the first and discourage the second.  In most countries, it is recognized that there needs to be a "safety net" for the disabled, indigent, elderly, widows and orphans. However, it's also important that everyone either work or contribute something to society in some way.  It's not all about money, it should also be about making sense.

Your thoughts? Money plays a huge role in our lives and deserves our close attention. Here are some questions for group discussion:

  • Would our local communities be prepared if all the money disappeared, if the banks got hacked? 
  • Does it makes sense to have an 'economy' that does well, while the citizens are doing poorly?
  • Should there be a floor on savings rates?
  • Should there be a cap in interest rates?
  • Should there be a cap on the national debt or any debt at all? 
  • Should there be a cap on wealth?
  • Why isn't the Anti-Trust Act enforced?  
  • What public services should be for free?
  • Should we use 'local' currency and barter instead or more frequently?
  • Is The Federal Reserve constitutional?
  • Does it make sense to export jobs we need and import goods that we could be making ourselves?
  • Why does the federal government repeatedly permit Wall Street to sell junk bonds, hedge funds, derivatives, and other "funny money" that will eventually implode and take down much of the economy? 
  • Did you know that if your bank fails, that owners of derivatives are ahead of individual bank customers when attempting to recover their losses; and that there are trillions of dollars of derivative debt?
  • Does it make sense to pay people welfare or unemployment, or does it make more sense to have a workfare and training programs with the government the employer of last resort? 

MAY: NEWS SOURCES, SOCIAL MEDIA, & CENSORSHIP

Sensical Society meetings can help sort through the news we get and what it means. Too often, instead of getting news, we get propaganda from the right and left of the political spectrum. And too often, the advertisers play too big a role in what news we see and hear.  And now we have lots of Big Tech companies exercising censorship. So, its a good idea that our news and communications come from many sources and all sides of the political spectrum.

Your thoughts? List your favorite news sources and social media platforms.


JUNE: BEAUTIFUL TOWNS AND LOVELY COUNTRYSIDE

When we look out over the landscape, either urban or countryside, we should see beauty, diversity, and utility working in concert. Cities, towns, and villages should unite residents in a common purpose to create a society that is vibrant and happy, as well as make products and services that they and others need and enjoy. Urban blight and ugly architecture should be a thing of the past, as we return our towns and countryside to their rightful place and function - to serve and inspire. Urban planning and its architecture should include a wide range of styles, avoiding the monotony of a "development", and including lots of parks and gardens to provide food and recreation. Our countryside should be reserved for farming and parks. And farms should include lots of hedgerows to stop the winds and erosion, as well as provide a sanctuary for wild life.  Our homes should be beautiful, well-built, and non-toxic, and our cities, towns, villages, and countryside should be as diverse and lovely as nature itself.  Some of the world lives like this, Americans and others can too.

Your thoughts? List the cities, towns, and villages at home and abroad that you most admire?  What can you do to make your town a more functional, beautiful, and enjoyable place to live?


JULY: Independence, Citizenship, Military, & Public Service

This is the month America celebrates its independence and honors its Founding Fathers and all who fought for our freedoms. Nations require a supportive citizenry and a military. However, doesn't a 'volunteer' army create a disconnect between society and its domestic and foreign policy, as most citizens have nothing to lose, no "skin in the game"?  Are "volunteers" the best soldiers a nation can provide?  We might also take a close look at how many of those wars we fought were necessary, and how many were not, if any.  It's important to honor our fallen soldiers, but also admit mistakes and learn from both. A nation is also like a family home, you need security to defend against invasion.  And isn't that what illegal immigration is all about?  Going into other peoples' country without an invitation?

Your thoughts? Should all Americans of a certain age be drafted into military or public service? What jobs that could be included under "public service"? What American wars were necessary and which weren't, if any?
But can we be an independent nation if we allow unlimited illegal immigration?


AUGUST: The Importance of Travel, Recreation, & Sports

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Sometimes we need to make ourselves go away, see new sights, and try new things. Travel sharpens our perspective on life, makes us appreciate more what we have, and often discover new and better ways to live our lives. In a similar vein, recreation focuses our attention on fun, and that can be something different for each of us... going to concerts for some, picnicking for others.  Meanwhile, crafts and hobbies are an everyday release that millions enjoy from woodwork to knitting. And lastly, sports is yet another outlet, whether you are an athlete or a fan. Sports, includes any physical activity from dancing to darts. And physical activity is not only good for your body, it is also good for your brain.

Your thoughts? What places do you like to travel to, hobbies you would like to take up, fun things to do, and physical activities to engage in?


SEPTEMBER: EDUCATION & SKILLS-IN-SCHOOLS

Let's face it. Most of us were bored out of our minds in school because it was... boring! It didn't challenge us nor teach us the skills we needed to know to make our way in life. Our educational system should teach skills as well as knowledge. We should know about wild foods and animals and how to use them, as well as computers and high technology. We should know how to make and repair things. Some studies say that people learn better when they are moving. Others learn best when they see a subject in context of a work or natural environment. We learn best through personal experience, which is why we need schools near open space and farms with crops and animals, as well as craftspeople to show students how to make and repair things. Plus, we should have free educational materials for every grade level online as well as in print, so that parents can be sure that their children are on track. Education should be exciting and fun...but it's looks like it will be up to us to make it that way!

Your thoughts? Let's list things we need to know, skills we should know how to do, and how to make it fun and exciting.


OCTOBER: Conspiracy Theories, Aliens, & Spirits, seriously!

This is the month of Halloween and ghosts and goblins, so it's a good time to consider subjects that are often considered off-limits. The supernatural, orbs, spirits, and near death experiences (NDE) are a great source of public interest with lots of books documenting personal experiences. It's also interesting to consider 'mind over matter', telepathy, and other brain-consciousness connections. The existence of different dimensions introduces aliens into the conversation, as our government has at last admitted that they exist, sort of. And lastly, 'conspiracy theorists' are a frequent target of those who either don't agree with a certain assessment of a situation.  That is why the Sensical Society is here, to open peoples' minds to new information and other realities.

Have you or someone you know had experiences with the supernatural or aliens?  Suggest books, documentaries, websites, etc., that cover these subjects.  And what "conspiracy theories" turned out to be true or false?


NOVEMBER: Voting, Democracy, & Government

This is the month of the general elections, when citizens have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice. Or do they?  There are important questions about voting integrity that need to be asked. How can you be certain that your vote was counted accurately if the voting process is not transparent - such as by machine, mailed-in, drop boxes, etc.?  Did you know that before the Civil War all voting was "open", there was no secret ballot. So, it was hard to miscount votes. Not so today. 

And why are we voting for a person and not an issue - as in a referendum, sometimes known as 'direct democracy'? Isn't it often the case that the people you vote for, once in office, do not fulfill their campaign pledges? And then it's really difficult to remove them.  Then there are the issues of campaign financing, gerrymandering, voter suppression, out-of-date registration roles, at-large office holders, and other tactics that unfairly impact representation. Meanwhile, opinion polls and exit polls come from anonymous sources, but they can be used to 'shape' public opinion as well as reflect it. 

Then there's the question of what kind of government do we want?  Many people see the failure of any 'one type' of government or economic system (capitalism, socialism, fascism, communism, etc.) which can quickly concentrate money and power in the hands of a few. And thus many nations prefer a hybrid model that encourages individual entrepreneurship, but also guarantees employment and provides a safety net.  Many countries see the need for free health care, education, and other public services, but also provide a private option.

Your thoughts? What is your idea of a good political system and a fair election?  And what do you think about referendums and direct democracies? What kind of government do you want?


DECEMBER: GIVING, THE ARTS, & INSPIRATION

This the month of giving and receiving. So get out that checkbook or log on to whatever and support your favorite charity or non-profit.  This is also the month of beautiful holidays. And beauty feeds the soul. So, we might also focus on the importance of The Arts and their effect on society.  In this context, the arts include the performing and fine arts, including: paintings, sculpture, architecture, fashion, design, music, dance, film, and literature. It is so important for people to create and expose themselves to art that 'positively' inspires them, lifts their mood, and feeds their soul. Have a Happy Holiday! 

Your thoughts?  List the charities you would like to donate to. What are your favorite films, music, literature, etc. that inspires and entertains you in a positive way?