Andrea and Will have a friend, Georges, who hosts weekly Sunday night dinners. He is an outstanding cook and always makes a couple of his specialties. All friends arrive with something to eat and/or drink. Some Sundays there are 30 guests gathered in his house, other nights there are four. One never knows.
Georges has told all of his friends that they are welcome to bring their friends to the dinners and then he will (it’s almost always “will”) invite them to become part of what is known as The Sunday Night Group (TSNG).
He has three house rules, which he insists must be respected:
1.) No politics.
2.) No religion.
3.) No chicken.
On some evenings TSNG is like a mini United Nations with friends new and old from every continent. You can understand then why the first two rules are essential. One might argue, however that such a diverse gathering could result in fascinating exchanges, but Georges prefers not to tempt any tendencies toward bellicose behaviour. He wants all conversations to be civil.
As for the chicken, he is appalled by the battery system. He will not budge on the subject, not even the time a friend tried to negotiate for a free range chicken.
Many of the TSNG participants are vegetarians and everyone coexists in perfect harmony.
I will never express my political or religious beliefs in this space. All I hope is that we will try now and always to live in harmony with kindness, generosity and understanding.