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fable of the man who atoned by pushing a stone

Perhaps I’ve become too cynical… …but I’m usually skeptical of public figures who tell us, “I’m sorry.” Seems like such a easy thing to say after being caught in a dastardly act. Maybe such apologies would be more believable if … Continue reading

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something to regain

“Freedom’s just another name for nothing left to lose.”       — from Me and Bobbie McGee, by Kris Kristofferson When I first heard that line, years ago, I thought to myself, “What a beautiful idea!” But I now see a dark … Continue reading

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we have met the conspirator and he is us

But as I traveled hither through the land, I find the people strangely fantasized, Possessed with rumors, full of idle dreams, Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear.        — Shakespeare, from King John Shakespeare seems to be talking … Continue reading

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the box rebellion

The last time I tried to create my own reality… …I got my foot stuck in a toaster. But seriously… I think “creating your own reality” is a useful concept.  But maybe not for all of us.  Maybe not even … Continue reading

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to a future generation from a pessimistic optimist

This message is addressed to a future generation… …the generation that will clean up our mess after we’re gone. Dear Future Generation… Right now, you may be asking yourself, “What were my ancestors thinking?  Didn’t they see that was bad … Continue reading

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the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. I believe Lee himself would agree to having his likeness removed.  In the years following … Continue reading

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