The light you seek is not always where you are looking or where you are accustomed to looking in the past. Staunch mental rigidity may blind you to the next lesson God sends your way. Don’t forget to look within new problems for a light shining on the key to their solution.
For many years after World War II, we told ourselves that accelerating productivity from the rapid spread of communications and other technology would “shrink the world and bring us together,” while raising billions out of poverty and making violent conflict unnecessary and unconscionable.
Life tends to present increasingly more-complex issues. The more willing we are to prepare to face change and challenge, the better we will be equipped to understand what’s going on when we are faced with new experiences and new problems.
Growing up is all about existential angst. Yes, that’s where to start. Not with the spitting up, crawling, and preverbal babbling. The real issues of growing up are: What’s it all about? To be or not to be? What do you want to be when you grow up? What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?
Without broader cooperation, life just becomes too hard and too dangerous and it often becomes necessary to attack other families or tribes to survive. Our philosophy becomes, “If we do not stand for ourselves, first, foremost, and always, we stand to fall.”
PICTURE BOOK - Little Sandy was a Vaudeville child performer. She sang, danced, and personally knew famous entertainers. Now, as Big Sandy, she is grown-up and shares her love of life with neighborhood kids.
This is David Satterlee's second book of collected essays. Most examine values, virtues and ideas that are important to living together well in our developing societies. He discusses, lectures, teases and rants, but always in a conversational adult voice.
I suspect that Secretary Rumsfeld was giving a short treatise on the “fog of war.” Military commanders must constantly grapple with the necessity of making critical decisions in an environment of high ambiguity. They become accustomed to rigorously evaluating what they know and do not know, what is knowable and not.
The difference was that war was becoming too dangerous to contemplate and human dignity was becoming more highly esteemed. The Geneva and Hague Conventions set limits on how nations could treat each other’s combatants and citizens.
Other animals are equipped with similar neural machinery such as the limbic system, which mediates emotions. One wonders if lizards, soaking themselves in the sun’s warmth, and whales breaching on the open sea, also experience a similar rapturous satisfaction of being in union with their environment.
The Chinese character for Tao combines two signs: head and foot. It reflects the concept of walking consciously. It is simply “the way” and implies that the walker is in conscious harmony with the existing order of things.
It is best to live a life that simple enough to manage while allowing the pursuit of purposes that give meaning to existence. Possessions tend to possess their owners, rather than the other way around.
Although traditional Japananese isolationism has experienced Eastern and Western influences, these have seemed to only flavor, not disrupt, the Nipponese sense of identity. This bears a strong resemblance to contemporary American right-wing nationalism.
Many people in Western cultures have become aware of, and adopted elements of, traditional Eastern religions to a variety of degrees. They are creating a new flavor of Western spirituality and a related social consciousness.
For some people, having an enemy gives life meaning... especially when they believe God has always liked them best. For others, sharing love and kindly support for others, without reservation, gives their life meaning."
"Liberality is not so much a political identification as a personal disposition toward empathy and selflessness. This is the mark of our most inspiring and honored teachers, leaders, heroes ... and saints."
The Democratic Campaign needs to quickly define and seize the virtuous, emotional and intellectual high ground, rise out of the dust, and reframe debate in terms of liberal values. We must not allow the “better angels of our nature” to be drowned out.
SCIENCE FICTION - Humans never quite caught on to limits. They behaved as if they could always harvest from limitless abundance and then move on. ankind invented technology to protect themselves from hostile environments and went on to change their environment itself — always with unexpected consequences.
I believe that the whole point of remembering the past and experiencing the present is to learn, act in the image of God’s love, do good, and create a better future for ourselves and others. That is, a well-lived life is the act of persistently creating something better.
As it happened, this was the mid-to-late 1950s and Dad probably bought his lots at a discount because the neighborhood was already in the process of transforming from all-white to mostly-black. I can imagine that this was not so much an issue for him and Mom as for the bigots already abandoning their homes for whiter ground.
Some stories that we tell about ourselves are constructive. Of course, we should want to be “the land of the free and home of the brave.” On the other hand, ideas such as defending “the American way of life” may be destructive. Huh? What was that?
Real war is all about violent conquest, and it produces victors and the vanquished. And yes, this is a very bad state of affairs. However, isn't there some point at which the victors stop oppressing their victims and the vanquished stop seeking revenge?
Who owns the flow of ideas that constantly swirl and eddy through our literature and its many tributaries? What historian does not depend exclusively on the reports of others? What author worth his salt does not come to the task well-primed by drinking copiously of the words of others?