Monthly Archives: November 2013

Altrusim, Sacrifice and the Public Weal

In his book, The Meditations 2nd century, (CE), Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “…acts that are consistent with nature, like helping others, are their own reward”. We humans are animals that congregate in communities or groups that rely on each … Continue reading

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Shared Values

While we have many religions in the United States with various ethical and moral doctrines we do have a shared value that isn’t always apparent. The 14th Dalai Lama made note of that in a recent speech. He said, “We … Continue reading

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“Just when I thought I was lost; my dungeon shook and the chains fell off”

Sometimes, we make our own dungeons by separating ourselves from our communities, pretending that religious people have to be separated from the pluralistic society that surrounds us. Two radical reformers, Eberhard and Emmy Arnold, stressed community as well as simplicity … Continue reading

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Understanding perspective when dealing with other people

In our pluralistic society we will always deal with people whose ideology and values are different than our own. They will see things from a different perspective. People of good will of different faith groups do have different perspectives based … Continue reading

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Changing the Agenda

It was not too very long ago that the so-called “Christian right” was very active in the public sector. The “moral majority” was influential as were public figures such as Pat Robertson and John Hagee. We do not hear as … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the 14th Dalai Lama Applied

As more and more of our relationship in the public sector become confrontational, something the Dalai Lama said struck a chord. It seems that his words are applicable to our mentality internationally as well as socially, for when we are … Continue reading

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For You Are Wonderfully Made

There are people that claim to have no purpose; that they have no talents that can be used to contribute to our collective life or the public sector. Yet, our faiths tell us that we are fashioned in the image … Continue reading

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