Thoughts on the Refugee Order In the little more than two days since President Trump signed an executive order barring Syrian refugees indefinitely from entering the United States, and placing a 120-day moratorium on all refugee admissions, there has been no shortage of commentary on the matter. Social media, news media coverage of all kinds, … Continue reading Our Own Worst Enemy
This past Saturday millions of women – and men – marched in cities around the globe in response to the inauguration of a man who, at best, has been tainted with a reputation for misogyny. I’ll not go further into the politics surrounding that particular development in the history of our Republic. That’s an entirely … Continue reading Am I a Feminist?
Today is the birthday of Anne Bronte, the youngest of the famed Bronte sisters. The birthday of arguably the most under-appreciated of the Bronte sisters would be an appropriate time to reflect on her literary work. But, that is not my purpose here. What I would like to reflect on is the role Anne played in her short … Continue reading Facing the World As It Is – A Lesson in Virtue with Anne Bronte
I've been brushing up lately on my classical philosophy - Socrates, Plato and the like - and have been reminded of two things: 1) Greek philosophy makes a lot more sense now than it did when I was in college; 2) the ancient search for arête, the pursuit of our best possible selves, is an undertaking as worthwhile as … Continue reading Escaping the Waiting Place
Christmas day is past, even if you had several renditions of the year's merriest day. And Hanukkah is less than a day from conclusion at the time of this writing. If you're like me you may find yourself about now in an anti-climatic haze of leftovers, shredded wrapping paper and a stack of cherished greeting cards that now have no particular … Continue reading A Day to Fix All Days