Archives for May 2017

Some Random Memories and Thoughts about “Memorial Day” in the United States

Some Random Memories and Thoughts about Memorial Day in the United StatesI know the history of it, but in many parts of the US its original intention has been largely forgotten. It was originally a holiday to remember those Americans who died in war or who fought in war and died later (deceased veterans). Where I grew up and lived most of my early life it was also known as "Decoration Day." It was a day to visit cemeteries and decorate graves of deceased loved ones. There and then the … [Read more...]

And Meanwhile…Something to See about Which I Will Eventually Blog

Eventually, when I am able to, I will review here the documentary "The Mask You Live In." I am watching it on Amazon; I'm not sure whether it is available elsewhere. Google for it or check Youtube.As many of you know, I believe one of the biggest social problems America faces is distorted masculinity ("machismo") which many sociologists and psychologists believe begins with bad parenting, bad coaching, bad peer pressure and the "boy code" that kicks in around early adolescence.I have … [Read more...]

A Personal Note for Those Who Are Interested…

Dear Blog Friends (and Others):There are times throughout the year when, for a period of time, my schedule changes dramatically and I am simply not able to keep up with my blog. I apologize if that causes anyone any distress or consternation.This is one of those times.But I do still usually find moments when I can glance at comments and respond. Usually, during these times, I cannot respond with as much depth or detail as I normally try to.During these times I try to adjust my … [Read more...]

Is There Meaning and Purpose to Life?

Is There Meaning and Purpose to Life?Recently, while watching television, I saw a commercial for the program “Through the Wormhole” hosted and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. Although Freeman has played God in one movie, he is neither a philosopher nor a theologian. Although he hosts and narrates a television program about science aired on the Science channel he is not a scientist. He is an actor.During the commercial for “Through the Wormhole” Freeman muses about the perennial sear … [Read more...]

Why I Voted for Trump

Preface: The following blog post essay is a Guest Post; the author was invited by me to submit his explanation of why he voted for Donald Trump in the most recent U.S. presidential election. He does not speak for me (which is not to say I disagree with everything he says). Many people I know wonder why any reasonable person would have voted for Trump for president. I know the author of this guest post very well; we have been close friends for many years. He is an evangelical Christian but not a … [Read more...]

Again: Is It Time to Give More Attention to the Plight of White Men in America?

Again: Is It Time to Give More Attention to the Plight of White Men in America?One of the things I like to use my blog for is to raise questions and tackle issues that many people in my circles (thoughtful, academic, moderately progressive) do not. I “put my ear to the ground,” so to speak and listen for issues that might really be worth attention but that are considered politically incorrect.Some time ago, during the U.S. presidential election, I asked whether it might be worthwhile … [Read more...]

The Best Idea Ever

The Best Idea EverMy most recent post here was entitled “The Worst Idea Ever” and dealt with nominalism. Now I will write about “The Best Idea Ever.” These are big subjects and highly debatable. These are my musings about them. “Musings” indicates openness to change, present thoughts, reflections.The reason I chose nominalism as “the worst idea ever” was because of its inexorable consequences, especially belief that only might makes right. That holds true for every logical nominalist … [Read more...]