Knowing Isn’t So Easy (Theaetetus)

Everyone knows until some smart guy comes and confuses them. Sometimes he is just a pompous ass out to score clever points, but other times Socrates is showing us that we are the asses. We think we know something we do not. The faux-Socrates spends his time showing regular folks their ignorance, but the real [Read More…]

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Breathless Waiting: from Abstaining to Chastity

To love absolutely one must learn to say no to love. This is not a paradox since everyone can “love” more than one thing or person at once. To love one person is to give this beloved time and psychological energy making them unavailable to that other beloved. If I give myself to pizza totally, [Read More…]

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I am not Howard Roark or Mark Studdock

I am told that Ayn Rand did not like CS Lewis. Yet having read Fountainhead over this Saturday*, I am convinced she should have given him  more credit than she did. Her Fountainhead shares a theme with his That Hideous Strength.  She loathes the “secondhander” … the man who loses his self by giving up self for the approval [Read More…]

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Love’s Long Game (Race in America)

True love is willing to wait for the beloved and in our broken world, love’s long game is the best strategy for peace. Hate and revenge get immediate results and so satisfy our desire to “do” something. The thing we do is evil and never works. Intent is the content of our morality and so [Read More…]

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Saying: “I do not know.”

Racism. Dead African-Americans. Dead officers. These are bad things. The temptation is to use stronger words, but bad is perfect. The murders and centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, whitewashing, stereotyping, are a decent definition of bad. Thinking a problem is solved when the group impacted by the “problem” knows it continues is itself part of [Read More…]

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We Cannot Lose: A Thought Based on an Artificial Parrot

My Nana was a strong woman surviving a childhood that would send most people spiraling into a dark place, yet my first memories of her are sitting on her sun-porch with her laughing. She was “Mrs. Cucumber” and I was “Mr. Tomato” and we were up to some nonsense.  Whenever times got tough, she would [Read More…]

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She Gives Us All Beauty and a Name

There is nothing that can be done about it now. She is dead and buried in Jerusalem.  Yet if there was something, anything, we could have done, somebody, somewhere should have done it. Humans did not, she died, and so Russia was lost. Elizabeth Romanov was a Grand Duchess, was a nun, did help the [Read More…]

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My Life Long Pal: Three Things to Learn from Daniel Reynolds

Today is Daniel’s birthday. . . not the prophet, but my brother. My mother used to tell me: “Cherish your brother. There is nobody closer to you on the planet by blood.” She was right. Dan is not just my brother, but (to quote the Flintstones) my lifelong pal. The fact that he was calling Brexit [Read More…]

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With Eyes Wide Open: Death Comes to All (Phaedo)

A good man dies well, a great one makes his death matter. A leader looks after those around him right to the end. He will shift the focus from death to what comes next: eternity. The most human truth is that we are immortals in mortal bodies. Death, at least death as we experience it, [Read More…]

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Stay Strong (Crito)

A human reading this is going to die or is dead and is wasting the afterlife. Death is more sure than taxes and that is the surest thing not certain. Not all humans have died: Enoch, Elijah, and perhaps Arthur and a few others folk, but so many have that one need not plan on [Read More…]

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