Social Isolation leading to “Cultural Malaise”

I do not always agree with David Brooks. In speaking of two non-political stories that stood out this week, he made a key point at the end of Friday’s NPR segment to which I add some emphasis: …And the second is the shocking release of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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De Veritate

The last two sentences from the book, De Veritate (“On Truth”), first published in 1624, written by Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury 1 (1582-1648) I have frequently pointed out that owing to the action of free will, or the infinite within us, we can, if we desire, shut our eyes, stop up our ears, and […]

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But Love Says…

But love says, “I see your worth. I see your value.” …you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and women. When we manifest that kind of patriotism, that kind of civic love, that’s when we do things that light up the world, that light up the planet Earth. – Cory Booker, talking with […]

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Dear Atheists, Please don’t let others define God for you…

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak (1740-1810) told the town’s proud, self-proclaimed atheist: “You know, the God you don’t believe in, I don’t believe in him either.”1 It seems to me that an atheist is a person who accepts other’s definitions of God, then disbelieves that. There are many different views of who/what/how God is. Many different people who […]

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Science…

“Science is not about being able to calculate things precisely. It’s about being able to know how wrong you might be.” – Harvard-Smithsonian’s Jonathan McDowell

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Not truly free…

I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. — Nelson Mandela

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Love drives out fears

How do we come together, especially after we have disagreed in a non-loving way? We start with Love. Rev. William Barber preaches this message. He speaks out against those who would oppress and invites them to join in a loving fusion coalition. How do we address fear? We start with Love.

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Jesus on Love

We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1 that were important […]

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“Hate the sin” is just hate!!

Sometimes a seemingly good idea doesn’t stand up well under greater scrutiny. Sometimes people are not quite as admirable as they seem. This quote originates from Gandhi, who himself had some serious flaws*, so we are only dealing with this idea from him, which is often misconstrued. “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” This is […]

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