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The Absence of Fear

This beautiful opinion editorial was written by Hurmon Hamilton, an African-American pastor. It was originally published in The Mountain View Voice, our hometown newspaper, under the title “Finding hope in the midst of violence, racial strife.” It’s one of the most insightful pieces I’ve read on our recent civil unrest. Read more

God’s Dream

On a recent family vacation my wife asked our two adult sons what the American Dream meant to them. Our oldest—after first declaring that it held “no meaning whatsoever” for him personally—offered a concise definition: it’s the conviction that as individuals our past is not determinative of our future. In America you can change social status the way electrons change orbit. All it takes is the energy of effort. Read more

If you want a better planet…

A friend used to say, “If we want a better planet, we have to be better people.” That simple wisdom is fully expanded upon in a book-in-process by Martin and Dorothie Hellman called A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet.

To quote from the authors’ intro:

“A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet shows that the changes needed to build a strong marriage or other intimate relationship are the same ones needed to build a more peaceful, sustainable world. It also shows why working on both issues at the same time accelerates progress on each of them.”

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Listening to Trump

No more histrionics over Donald Trump. We need to listen to his words, not gag on them. Why? Because he’s the relief valve for our nation’s shadow side. His words—unfiltered and unrestrained—puncture the high-pressure container of our collective psyche, releasing into the atmosphere years of suppressed hostility and meanness of spirit. Now the nation’s ears are ringing. If we listen, we can avert catastrophe. If we don’t…well then, we can’t. Read more

The Emoji Virus

On October 8th, USA Today—inspired by FaceBook’s decision to let users add emoticons to their online interactions—incorporated the little guys into several of their front-page stories. I think the results are brilliant, if unintended. I can’t imagine a better way to convey that these unfortunate memes are a health hazard to humanity, serving only to dumb us down. And if emoticons don’t belong on the front page of our newspapers, there’s no reason to believe they belong anywhere else.

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