Conversation Cafes

Conversation Cafes

Conversation Café Public conversations on topics with no easy answers. Conversation Café’s are FREE and open to participants of all ages, all backgrounds, and all levels of education. We value real-life experience! Conversations are held each Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines. No need to register, just show up, speak or just listen!

Winter 2015

 

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 Tuesday Feb. 10

 Anxiety: the disease of the 21st century?

Anxiety is being called the disease of the 21st century. For some, anxiety is just a mild feeling of uneasiness; for others, it's a paralyzing fear.  According to the World Health Organization, disorders related to "dread" are currently the most dominant mental illness on the planet. Where has this anxiety come from? Is there more to worry about now than in previous times, or is our culture itself undermining our nerves? 

 

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Tuesday Feb. 17
When is the best time of your life?

According to some experts, 80% of life's most defining moments  have occurred by age 35.The first half of a person’s life is associated with exciting milestones such as graduating from school, getting a first job, travelling, marrying, or having children. During that time a lot of experiences are new, and learning is at a high level. What about the second half of life? Can that be equally exciting, intriguing and inspiring?

 

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Tuesday Feb. 24
What are you willing to struggle for?

Some people feel that rewards come too easily these days; people want the results but not the process, the victory but not the fight. What we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire, but by what we are willing to work for. What do you think? Is struggle an important part of the journey? Do we have it too easy these days?

 

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Tuesday Mar. 3
Is it always good to be different?

Difference has become increasingly celebrated in our society. Some feel being different shows you have the courage to stand out from the mainstream, to live your life on your own terms. Others argue that it is still important to be able to fit in; that looking to the rest of the group for clues on behaviour is what helps us to make friends and work well with others. Here we discuss the pros and cons of being different.

 

 

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Tuesday Mar. 10
Are we losing patience?

Today we can connect with others instantly. We can look up the answer to any question no matter where we are. If something breaks we can order a new one and have it in our hands within hours. Have we become instant gratification junkies? Does technology reward us for making instant decisions and following our short-term animal instincts? Is patience still a ‘virtue’? What is lost when we lose patience?

 

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Tuesday Mar. 17
In a world of fast paced change what should remain the same

We exist in a very fast-paced world these days, with free flowing information, instant access, and global reach. People are talking about the importance of being agile and adaptable, being able to respond quickly to change and new circumstances. Yet we can’t help but wonder, with all that is moving so fast, is there anything that we need to make sure we keep constant?

 

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Tuesday Mar. 24
What does pride mean, and what purpose does it serve?

Pride can be a paradox. On the one hand our society values personal accomplishment, self-reliance and individualism. On the other hand too much pride can easily tip the balance toward vanity, haughtiness and self-involvement. What is the point of pride? Is it as universal as joy or anger? Here we discuss the meaning and purpose, the pros and cons, of this double-edged emotion.