Monthly Archives: September 2012

In praise of stoicism

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-goodman/five-reasons-why-stoicism_b_1925670.html * * For all the press that Bill Clinton has gotten for his epic, seemingly-half-improvised convention stem-winder, one of the most revealing lines has barely earned a mention at all. We were surprised to hear Clinton call Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption * Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.     *      I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.     … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice — not Jane Austen’s garden variety

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_prejudice#Major_themes * Many critics take the novel’s title as a starting point when analysing the major themes of Pride and Prejudice; however, Robert Fox cautions against reading too much into the title because commercial factors may have played a role … Continue reading

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Norman Inaba 1914-2003 [died age 89] servile to Mammon [money is god]

Norman flaunted Norman’s rich/powerful friends & Norman’s wealth by lining them up in the front rows at Norman’s mother’s funeral services,  overarched by expensive wreaths.   It’s not hard to fall for temptation to Mammon [materialism is the only thing which … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s hold on us — Book of Common Prayer?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-swift/shakespeare-and-the-book-of-common-prayer_b_1885211.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * One of the last mysteries left in the study of Shakespeare’s plays is the biggest of them all: How do they achieve their particular magic? What can explain their hold over us? One answer to this question lies … Continue reading

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Psychology research suggests that belief in the supernatural acts as societal glue and motivates people to follow the rules; further, belief in the afterlife helps people grieve and staves off fears of death.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/science-god-biology-astronomy-physics-deity_n_1894010.html?utm_hp_ref=science * Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, … Continue reading

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empathy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-backman/how-god-makes-us-civil-people_b_1880456.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * Alas, civility is not our first instinct — at least not at this point in history. Our first instinct, rather, is toward defensiveness, anger and debate. When people take issue with us, we simply speak louder, which makes … Continue reading

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