Category Archives: Current Events

Forever In Flux

“As human beings we share a tendency to scramble for certainty whenever we realize that everything around us is in flux. In difficult times the stress of trying to find solid ground– something predictable to stand on– seems to intensify. But in truth, the very nature of our existence is forever in flux. Everything keeps …

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Emergency

“I could do the wall over a longer period of time.  I didn’t need to do this.  But I’d rather do it much faster.” (source) This quote puts the Supreme Court on trial.  Their verdict will show whether they are impartial or packed with partisans. I know the way I expect this to go.

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Obey

“Historically, the most terrible things– war, genocide, and slavery– have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” ~Howard Zinn

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Well,

“Peace is a very complicated concept. When the lion gobbles up the lamb and wipes his lips, then there’s peace. Well, I ain’t for that peace at all.”  ~Abbie Hoffman The president called for unity last night.  When everybody marches in lockstep and does as he tells them, then there’s unity. Well, I ain’t for …

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Super

In the WWE, they don’t pretend their matches are “sport.” Their contests are their product, and the referees aren’t there to ensure fairness so much as to ensure that their product remains interesting and flows smoothly. I don’t really think the NFL and NBA are so very different. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the referees just …

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“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there.”  ~White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (source) Hmm.  

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I think I know.

“All options are on the table,” John Bolton said. What he meant by that was, “If they don’t give us what we want, we might just kill them and take it.” It’s a behavior we accept on the international level we would never accept on the individual level. The next time you go grocery shopping, …

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MLK Day

When Malcom X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he said basically, “You know what? I have met some new people, had some new experiences, and I have changed my mind.” That’s a very brave and rare thing for anyone, and unheard of for a public figure. Can you name another off the top of …

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Fascism 101

Manufacturing a crisis in order to invoke emergency powers is something we’ve seen before. It didn’t end well.

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In Defiance of All That Is Bad

“Even when we don’t ‘win,’ there is fun and fulfillment that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope. An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not being foolishly romantic. It is based on …

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The Outward Sign Of Inward Grace

In this excerpt from Americans: A Book of Lives, ©1946, Hermann Hagedorn describes the business environment of Theodore Roosevelt’s America: To these men the rapid development of the country seemed a definite good in itself and became, indeed, a kind of religion, not superseding so much as fulfilling the Christian principles on which most of …

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Disconnected

“We seem to have lost the sense that we can freely and happily extend ourselves for others. In modeling our social institutions on business principles, we have become very disconnected from our own noble heart.”  ~Ogyen Trinley Dorje (source)

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