Posted in September 2012

Romney’s Contempt


Originally posted on joe chuman:
What Mitt Romney says behind closed doors and to “his own” is not the way he would want to present himself to the broader electorate. By “his own,” I mean the financially very privileged, and maybe white. His offending words were as follows: “There are 47 percent of the people…

A faith to live by


  Faith is an expression of hope for something better. More than a wish, it is closer to a belief, but not quite. A belief is rooted in the mind. Faith is based in the heart. We act in faith when there is no guarantee, no certainty. No one knows what kind of life an … Continue reading

Muslim outrage and the limits of free speech


  —A novelist is sentenced to death by the head of a foreign state because the writer portrayed Islam’s prophet in a defamatory way. —An angry mob storms an American consulate and kills four people; the demonstrators are outraged that a movie trailer demeans Mohammed. —Reacting to that same movie, Turkey’s Prime Minister calls for … Continue reading

Living with fear


Every time has it own evil, but a human being can still be good, wrote  Maria Dermoût, the late Indo-Dutch novelist. Just as we judge the evils of times gone by, the future will pass its judgment upon us—what we did, how we let it happen, what we neglected. Certainly there is as much underserved … Continue reading

Mourn in your own way


  Rituals and traditions can be helpful. They can make life changes easier. The problem is that these prescribed behaviors may be harmful. Rituals and traditions not withstanding, there is no “right” way to mourn. While there is a general pattern for mourning, generalizations often do not apply to individuals. Every person is unique and … Continue reading

Why not eat termites? The unexamined life


Overlooking Lake Windermere in northern England are the ruins of a viewing post used by ladies and gentleman of an earlier period. These 18th century visitors, our guide told us, climbed the hill across from the town so as to get a better view of the countryside. Upon reaching the selected site, they were ready. … Continue reading