One does not understand an earthquake simply by comparing the buildings that fell with those that still stand. You have to go deep into the underlying dynamics of the ground on which those buildings rest.
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
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
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.”