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. In all of it, there is a lot of finger-pointing. We blame the party bosses, the media, big money, lobbyists, extremists, and our own elected officials. Oh, and partisan politics: the worst bastards that every walked the Earth are our beloved fellow American sitting across … [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…]
A medical classmate of mine is an inveterate reader and every once in a while I call or eMail him for reading recommendations. A couple of years ago he suggested The Physician by Noah Gordon. It was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in history, the history of medicine, or … [Read more…]