CREATED EQUAL + BREATHING FREE: THE STRAINING FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF EQUALITY AND FREEDOM
The story of America is the biggest, boldest idea in human history writ large and offered for almost 250 years to its citizens, and as a beacon to the world. It's also a story of some its most central ideals - equality, liberty, free speech - still straining to be realized. Through this season of Dinner at the Square, we'll both celebrate the greatness of the ideals our country was founded on and ask ourselves how we can better live into them. After this last year of deep, heart-wrenching division across race, religion and political perspective - division that seems too often to create civic dialogue that finds the worst in us instead of calling our better angels - we think this is a conversation for our time, a checking back to consider how well we are hewing to the ideals of America, and perhaps a renewed promise to get there.
"All Men are Created Equal," but not everyone feels they are. Have we gone too far with insuring equality or not far enough? On January 12th in "Created Equal + Breathing Free," we'll examine the straining of the central - and sometimes competing - principles of equality and freedom. Does your freedom threaten my equality? And does my equality limit your freedom? We'll dive into the last year of struggle on racial issues, gay rights and the appropriate role of the law in both insuring equality and safeguarding freedom.
This is not a topic we agree on.
Please also tentatively save the date for March 10th when we will continue this conversation with a focus on race. Our country's story is also the story of the founding sin of slavery, a legacy that still lives - squarely in the events of our time. More details soon...