The Jan-13 meet of Delhi Freethinkers marked our second anniversary since our first meet in Jan-11 and it was a huge success with 25+ attendees and extending for 5+ hours.
We had the opportunity of meeting with two activists from Baghpat who had accompanied Narendra Nayak from his workshop in Baghpat. They acquainted us with issues and challenges of the place, away form privileges of city life. The conversation was both illuminating and inspiring and a reminder of why we do what we do.
Many people have asked us what exactly happens in our meets. All our meets are unique in some sense , but the general pattern is: we meet, we vent out our frustrations, we fight and return a happier person than we came.
The topics of arguments for this meet were: prioritisation- developing membership vs organising events, marriage and relationship with a religious person , common visible traits of people who are religious and how they may not necessarily be a symbols of their religiosity but something they have to do to avoid repeated arguments with parents. Then we talked about astrology and gemstones.
The next topic was ofcourse relationship with parents and maintaining a balance of making decisions for yourself and having a healthy relationship. Later we talked about morality in animal kingdom and whether they have a theory of mind. This had to be cut short, because 3 hours had just flown by and we had spent a lot of time in the beginning on introductions, something that moderators promise to be more careful of, in future meets.
We started from where we had left, morality in animal kingdom, where to draw the line between species, where to draw the line between human races, international politics, history of imperialism, history of religion, importance of history and how it is always written by the victors. Yep, we digress back and forth
Back to animal kingdom, necrophilia and incest in animal kingdom, same in humans, gender differences, sexism in India and different countries, sacred feminine and why we should respect a person rather than their roles as described by society, gender roles, till we ran a full circle back to marriage and relationship with religious people and ran out of pizza to munch on. And so we left, talking about our respective careers and colleges as we walked back, and how we looked forward to the next meet.
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Notes and links:
Delhi Freethinkers FB regional group
Delhi Freethinkers bigtent group
Other regional groups.
Complete nirmukta network.
Delhi freethinkers first meet report.
A report on a previous workshop in Baghpat by Narendra Nayak.
Geetha’s series and issues and joys of freethought parenting.
Interview with Dr. Darrel ray which talks about maintaining a healthy relationship with religious parents and having reasonable independance in decision making.
C0nc0rdance on ‘Do Human races exist’.
The fifth ape, part 2, documentary by Richard Dawkins foundation, which talks about theory of mind and morality in animal kingdom
TED talk by Frans de Waal on Moral behavior in animals.