Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dinner Date with the Rich and Famous

Angie here:

Would you or wouldn't you? 
Your presence is requested at dinner with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
(Connected to
What if the names were changed to Syria's reigning couple? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie accepted according to the Guardian's article. 

What if it were Egypt's? England's? Ben the Bachelor and his last rose?

There's no information other than the invitation, the host's names, date, and time.
What's your immediate response?
Do you immediately embark on an agenda? If so, what is it?
Do you attend with an open mind, wondering what you'll learn?
Do you wonder what they want to know or learn about you?

There's been a long standing question asked, if you could eat dinner with anyone throughout history, who would it be and why?

But I'd rather ask: 
If someone in history invited you to dinner, what would they want to learn about you?
Would you be able to hold conversation without predjudice? Meaning, could you listen to the whole person without a veneer of assumption blocking the communication?
How would that person's view of the world change if they had dinner with you?

Now consider:
How would it change you?
Could you learn something unexpected? 

I've noticed Angelina Jolie is a very courageous woman. I admire her for that. I don't have to agree with her on politics, religion, marriage, parenting, international aid, orphans, or anything else. But who knows, we might if we sat down and actually discussed what we believed without the media interpretting it for us first. We might still not. But could we come to an agreement to listen and respect the other person's views? What might we discover we not only agreed on, but felt a kinship and passion about? Still, I respect her courage in this volatile world.

By listening, we often solve many problems. I've been stunned at how many places Angelina is able to get into. There's reports of either visiting or asking to visit refugees from Syria. From the dinner table with Syrian president and first lady to connecting with Syrian refugees? That's quite an opposite extreme. Could she be helping somehow facilitate communication because of her fame? I'd like to know what her motivation is in the actions the media displays. I'd like to know where she gets her courage from.

And the big question:
Will she feel she has made a difference for good in the world at the end of her days?
Will I?
Will you?

It would be very interesting to discover how someone like Angelina Jolie thinks. What she hopes to achieve and what she thinks she has achieved and why she does what she does. But if she invited me to dinner, what would she want to learn? Have I done anything to show what I believe by living out loud as she does? Would my actions be interpreted, misinterpreted, or questioned by others enough to cause wonder? Who am I and what do I stand for?

Now put in a controversial figure into your invitation. What would the dinner conversation be?


  1. Such an interesting take on the old question, Angie!

    I would hope that I would make a difference somehow, sharing my faith with someone controversial. Sharing my opinions about what I think is right. You just never know the effect one person can have!

  2. I started to think about what I would say, and then I thought, I'd rather listen. I might just find something that opens my mind and heart in a way I didn't expect.