Cursing, Binding, and Punching Nazis – The Ethics of Violence

Violence is expensive, messy, and always brings collateral damage. But violence is also effective – it’s one of the most direct ways to get what you want, particularly if you’re more powerful than the guy on the other side. When – if ever – is violence ethically permissible? [Read more…]

Pagan Philosophy, Pagan Ethics

My thoughts on Brendan Myers’ presentations on Pagan philosophy and Pagan ethics at last weekend’s OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering. [Read more…]

A Pagan View of Compassion

My theological basis for compassion is a religious basis, but it is also a naturalistic basis. My religion is informed and influenced by science. [Read more…]

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Asking

Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer has a TED talk describing her hyper-successful crowdfunding project. It’s titled “The Art of Asking.” She’s right – the art of asking is important. But if you want big help for your project, you also need passion, reciprocity and connection. [Read more…]

Boundaries

We are discrete beings living in a continuous universe, so our brains evolved to classify things into a few categories. This helps us deal with them quickly and easily. Boundaries make things predictable and manageable. Our challenge is to draw boundaries that are helpful to us, our community and the world. [Read more…]