Don’t Rule By Tricks and Fear (King Lear)

Good luck if an organization is run by a man who wants the treats of power, but not the work. You will need it. Worse luck if you live or work in a culture of fear where the boss demands loyalty that he tests through tricks, arbitrary rules, and where hurt feelings can be fatal. King [Read More…]

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Deliver Us From the Pursuit of Deadly Evil

Deliver us from evil the Lord’s prayer says, but often we rush to evil. Tragic to watch, worse to live through, many of us run to the sin that will destroy. This is bad enough, but the harm done to others is the greater evil. Pity Hamlet if you must, but Ophelia is the victim and [Read More…]

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Love Is Destroyed by the Lust for Control (Venus and Adonis)

Love does not exist where there is a lust for control. If the insights of Saint Paul on love do not convince a Christian, then he has a problem.  The last thing a lover would ask the beloved is to be “in charge,” because love demands nothing. A lover might be in charge in the work world, [Read More…]

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The Toxic Fruit of Revenge (Titus Andronicus)

Humans do terrible things and the desire for vengeance is powerful.* Christians are commanded to love their enemies and do good to those who do harm to us personally. Jesus said: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for [Read More…]

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Zootopia and the Need for Reality (Pericles, Prince of Tyre)

Disney created a clever world for the film Zootopia where non-human animals have learned to live in imperfect harmony. This has happened because the “predators” have ceased to kill and become like “the prey.” This is the first Disney film that is as funny, well animated, and voiced as the worst of the Pixar films . . [Read More…]

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Killing Socrates (On Phaedo)

Athens had quite a few people who wanted Socrates dead. He went around asking tough questions about the democracy in Athens. His questions would have been acceptable, Athens was pretty tolerant of weird ideas, but they kept challenging the very basis of the city. Athens was built on an educational system that exploited students. It [Read More…]

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America It’s All Fun, Until It Isn’t (Henry IV, Part 2)

The breakout character can destroy a television show. The most painful part of the original Star Trek series is season three when out of money, ideas, and writers, they decided to service the fans by giving us ever more Spock. The character suffered, the show suffered, the fans eventually realized: we do not always know what we [Read More…]

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Trusting with Knowledge: How to Form a Real Community

At one point in my life if anyone mentioned “building community,” I would run away. This phrase is the equivalent of someone saying: “Let’s talk.” My mind goes blank and I have nothing to say . . . as hard as that is for some of my past bosses to believe. In the same way, [Read More…]

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Keeping Going While There is Still Light

When I was a boy, my brother and I would be sent to do a project for Dad outside. When were we done? We were done when the job was done or if it was a long-term project, when it was dark. While there was light, we kept working. There is something in this for [Read More…]

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Loving Rich Men, Needing Patrons (Timon of Athens)

Great Solomon, son of David, was a patron to artists because he was wise and rich. Serving his wisdom ennobled the man blessed enough to serve him. Wicked Jezebel was a king’s daughter, but her wealth corrupted those who honored her for her power. Christian culture is one that honors the patron: the noble man, [Read More…]

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