In light of events in 2017 so far, both public and political as well as private, minds have stirred. Many of my close friends and loved ones are asking if they are Good. Are they a good person? How would they know? I do my best to help them unwrap the question as I have so many times for myself. Being Good is like Courage and Excellence; it’s a virtue and a habit. Aristotle talks about virtues as the center point between two extremes. Courage is the virtue between Cowardice and Rashness. Continue reading
Elizabeth Warren was recently silenced for trying to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King that was critical of Senator Jeff Sessions’ nominations to be the Attorney General. The ensuing dialog has been — on the left critical of the Senators who silenced her and the words of Ms. King, and on the right critical of Ms. Warren’s lack of civility to a fellow Senator.
Right now there is so much happening in our world. And resistance seems to be the theme of much of our actions and efforts. There is no doubt that many of these issues need our resistance (and persistence) — issues like standing up for refugees, protecting the rights of our LGBTI communities, the rights of laborers to organize, the reproductive rights of women and families and the rights of all of us to speak up and participate in our democracy. And yet, there is another reality that we must bring in to our efforts — Continue reading
My mind has been stuck on the words from a holiday song I heard recently, “…in his name all oppression shall cease.” I am drawn to those words of hope at the same time that I am baffled by the reality that many of the people that sing that song want to ban Muslims from our country. Continue reading
We are in the darkest days of the natural year. And talking to many of you, there is a feeling of darkness surrounding the current political days. And our “darkness” cannot begin to compare to the heartbreak that the people of Syria are suffering now. Continue reading