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Hi there,
I got into a Facebook argument yesterday.

I knew it was wrong. I recognized I'd wandered into the sharks' den and, yet, I still threw blood into the water. 

The worst part? It was over the Super Bowl halftime show.

And, still, I was naively shocked at the responses and herd mentality.

Blogger David Perell frequently extols the values of deep learning through dialogue and small groups. One group I'm a part of where we frequently examine and challenge our beliefs is Bible Study (admittedly, the opposite spectrum from the halftime show).

We're examining the Book of Acts which describes the formation of the Christian church following Jesus's death and resurrection. Jesus's disciples are currently preaching and performing miracles. Yet Peter, possibly the most powerful disciple, was still challenged by a group of Jews for going against the norms and preaching about Jesus to a group of non-Jewish people. (He even entered one of their homes! The outrage!)

Fittingly, this chapter was also the first time the followers of this new religion were referred to as Christians.

It's shocking that the Jews, God's "chosen people," struggled so much with the change. But then again, is it really?

Today, there is a staggering number of church denominations, despite seemingly having the Bible as a guiding document and truth.

Which raises the question: how have we ended up with all these groups? Certainly, they can't ALL be right, can they?

If we have these universal truths, how much of these groups are the result of like-minded people forming a group to accommodate their beliefs rather than subjecting themselves to accepting a truth that doesn't fit their personal narrative? 

How many of our choices are the result of confirmation bias, the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories?

Now, I've said all of this to admit I have no idea what the universal truth is...maybe it's 42? Maybe in this relative world, everyone's right, except those fools on Facebook? But how much is just self-indulgence?

How do we remain objective?

Ensure we have a good sounding board of differing opinions. If everyone around us is headed in the same direction without these hard debates, it might be time to be concerned with where this herd is going.
 
Building a Community

One goal I've discussed informally is to build or foster a community for idea sharing, challenging, and mutual accountability. 

There is always Twitter, but I was hoping for something a little more intimate. The closest I've come was a Slack group, but slowly over time, the members dissipated in different directions. We had frequent check-ins, shared planning, and a few Zoom conversations to pitch projects we were considering or working on. It was awesome.

Would anyone be interested in joining or trying to build such a community? Or is anyone part of one worth checking out? I continue to find myself growing by leaps and bounds through community and dialogue, but I need more of it.

What formats would you consider? A forum? A Facebook group? Slack? Nothing but a regularly scheduled and structured meet-up on Zoom? I'm just fishing as this idea is still very much in the infancy stages, but I'm interested in any and all feedback.
 
Quote of the Week

"If we cannot learn to engage in productive, ideological conflict during meetings, we are through."
- Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
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Have a great week,

Scott
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