Points to Consider When Formulating a Lyceum Topic

Think of the issue in terms of the status quo vs. individual conscience.

For example, how does the idea of government-sanctioned marriage among homosexuals differ in perspective between individuals and society in general? How would you defend your position based on a Transcendental philosophy that calls for individuals to listen to and act upon their own sense of what the world is and what it should be?

How does your outlook regarding the issue reflect a call for social reform?

For example, how might your position concerning gay marriage bring about a substantial change in the way the issue is generally perceived and handled?

Is the issue significant?

For example, considering all of the issues vying for public attention, should gay marriage really be a top-shelf issue facing the nation today? If you can’t provide a compelling reason for saying “yes,” pick another issue.

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