I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.
- B. Walters
I say ditch the news.
Host a dinner party and invite intelligent, thoughtful people of varying political and religious backgrounds. See what happens. The difficult part is the whole Intelligent and thoughtful part.
I have several friends whom I love who are incapable of thoughtful discourse. They don't - of course - realize this, but a lot of people approach conversations with an sense of "I know what I'm talking about and anyone who disagrees is an idiot." I've been guilty of this too, so I'm not trying to call anyone out as much as I'm trying to encourage us all (self included) to keep an open mind.
Last night we hosted an impromptu dinner party (The best kind, in my opinion.) It was a potluck, bring a thing, cook it kinda party. The guests, all intelligent, dove into political and religious topics with respect and thoughtfulness.
Most importantly, we all had the chance to learn a little from each other. Oh - and the food was amazing too.