I question whether most of the television and bookstore gurus can really help us. People who constantly sport an enormous grin, and tell us that they have the secrets on how to be incredibly happy, unbelievably rich, or impossibly successful, aren’t very convincing.
If we can recognize that we are all just groping around blindly, maybe then we can all learn how to stumble around more logically, and stub our toes a little less often.
We are at a particularly contentious point in American politics. There are any number of problems, wars, terrorists, economic upheavals, environmental damage, medical battles, Constitutional disagreements, and squabbles about how to limit government and corporation. In all of them, there is a lot of finger-pointing. It’s a mess. Part of the mess is that we … [Read more…]
Lent is a time for us to reconsider our lives, and our faults. One of the Deadly Sins is Pride. I would offer that one of the worst prides is the pride of knowledge, because it generates closed-mindedness and limits our thinking. This, in turn, leads us to create pain for our families, our friends, … [Read more…]
Some animals are more equal than others.” Napoleon the Pig, Animal Farm by George Orwell When I was in graduate school, I was surprised to find that one of my classmates made his lab students memorize dates associated with Charles Darwin, including his birthday, the publication of The Origin of Species, and the years that … [Read more…]
The word cradle comes from the same Germanic root as the word cart. Which makes sense; the movement of either a cradle or a cart will put a child to sleep. Or the movement of a car, another related word. All parents have seen our children refuse to take a nap, and then watch them … [Read more…]