Tag: essay

  • E Pluribus Unum

    E Pluribus Unum

    Someone, or some force, is doing a very good job of making us not like each other very much these days. We are divided by gender, age, culture, nationality, religion, sexuality, color, and by our economic and geographical place in this world. Think of the members of entire professions that we are asked, by someone […]

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  • Our President

    The president, more than any other elected official, is America’s image of itself: the one who represents us on the world stage. It is the president’s job to embody our national character. The heart of that national character, borrowed from civilizations going back to ancient Greece, by way of the Enlightenment philosophers of France (although […]

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  • The Roaring Twenties

    The first couple of decades of a new century are like a hangover: the opposite of a fresh start. All the mistakes of the recent past are still festering in the blood, making us sick and stupid, and bringing out the worst in us. The third decade brings with it the roar of the new […]

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  • 2020 Vision

    “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 The stories we tell ourselves determine who we become so we have to be careful not to tell ourselves lies. In the stories we have been telling ourselves lately, values like generosity and humility are sacrificed on the alter of the […]

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  • The Presence of the Past

    History is the process of the past negotiating its terms of surrender to the future. Although the past cannot defeat the future, it will do, and is currently doing, all it can, to break as many hearts as possible in the present. Cruelty seems to be the guiding principle of those in power, in the […]

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