I don’t know how helpful it is to voice this kind of question, but as it has already been raised, I have been wondering why it is that in our Wednesday and Saturday meetings we have found it so difficult to find common ground?
Probably the greater part of the difficulty is the normal human barriers of like and dislike, personal differences, images we have of each other, etc. Even with the best intentions it seems difficult to get past these images and differences. Over time little groups form, with “friends” and “enemies”. We react to perceived authority figures, get caught in our reactions, defend ourselves out of wounded pride or argumentativeness, feel unheard, slighted, ignored, and so on.
Added to this are differences of age, of temperament, of mental aptitude, of emotional sensitivity. Many of us tend to be on the intellectual side of things, which cuts out other aspects of our lives.
Then there are the different opinions each of us have. Everyone has a different background of knowledge that we are operating from: for instance, some of us are explicitly interested in Krishnamurti, others are somewhat interested but equally interested in other teachings or ideas (which tends to create confusion), and some of us are (at least verbally) apparently resistant to exploring what K said. Obviously, it is a challenge to refer to K in our dialogues in such a way that we do not endlessly make him into an authority (which kills the dialogic spirit) - but some people may not be interested in looking at what K has said at all, which presents us with a different kind of challenge altogether.
And if looking at K’s teachings is not our common ground, is it something else - something perhaps more fundamental? The human condition perhaps? Consciousness? Self-knowledge? Suffering? Thought? - And yet every time we attempt to explore any aspect of consciousness or self it seems we inevitably run into all the divisions mentioned anyway, because our approach is dictated by our opinions, our knowledge, our personal differences, our understanding or non-understanding of K, etc.
So what can be our common ground?