On Kant, Contempt, and our Buddhist path(s) forward

Karen Stohr, associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and senior research scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, wrote a thoughtful piece for the NYTimes this week titled, "Our New Age of Contempt." Her article concludes: Privately expressed contempt may be cathartic. Publicly expressed contempt, however, is perilous. As Kant recognized, it threatens the foundations of our political community by denying the central moral idea on which that community is based — tha … [Read more...]

We Cannot Report a Lie: Has NPR been Gaslighted by Trump?

If you've never had to look up "gaslighting" in the dictionary, consider yourself lucky. I have - twice now - been so thoroughly deceived and subtly manipulated that I began to question my own grasp on reality - my own memories, my own emotional balance and response in a relationship.Each time it took months to regain my confidence and reclaim the truth that these people were manipulative, narcissistic, and deceitful (i.e. lying). Having that realization, and being able to say it, … [Read more...]