When considering public issues in today’s society, we are often faced with a supposed conflict between individual rights and community needs.
How are we to resolve those differences when some committed advocates on either side refuse to discuss them rationally, much less try to compromise their respective convictions?
There will be a local opportunity to find some common ground as these values are discussed at an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Wesleyan Methodist Church, on the southeast corner of Lynn Boulevard and 16th Avenue in Sterling.
Led by myself and sponsored by Sauk Valley Interfaith Peace Action, the meeting will examine and discuss the views of classical political theorists Jeremy Benthem and John Stuart Mill on a utilitarian approach to resolving public issues.
Drop into the meeting on Monday evening to take part in the discussion or hear about various ways to resolve our conflicts over competing values.