I got up earlier this day and prepared for a full day at peoples park.
I am immediately surrounded by people when I arrive and decide to sit on
one of the benches. I know I cannot stand the full day. The first man who
speaks with me is a surgeon.
The day is filled with countless people talking with me about a wide variety
of topics. I avoid talking about individual politicians such a George Bush
but otherwise comment on just about every subject imaginable including many
views on science and religion. I am not surprised by comments made about
Christianity and Islam but I am surprised when one man says he has heard
of the Bahá'í Faith. The ages of those participating range
from about 9 to 90. Some I met last week but most are new to me. I accept a bottle of
water that a man brings to me but do not feel hungry and refuse the offers
of food. I stay there on the bench talking for about 7 hours.
All of the people that I ask about their work are well educated and are either
in University or have degrees. Many let me know that they want me to return
next week and comment on how enjoyable the day was.