Monthly Archives: January 2014

Happiness from another angle

Lately, I have been reading books by any number of authors on happiness. [Disclosure: I am writing s book on the psychology of happiness, so this reading is not exactly random.]. These authors come from a variety of religious and … Continue reading

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The Rugged Individual

It has become popular to deride the classic figure of the “rugged individual” stereotypically identified with the actor, John Wayne. But, there is an interesting aspect of individuation as fostered by the modern, (post 16th century CE), era. In a … Continue reading

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Violence and Religion

Recently, I read a report from the Pew Research Center indicating that the percentage of countries where religion related terrorist violence has occurred has risen from 9% in 2007 to 20% in 2012. Figures from 2013 are not yet available … Continue reading

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Ecology and the New Year for Trees

On the Hebrew calendar, the 16th of January this year marks Tu B’Shvat, a holiday marking the blessing of trees. The name is derived from the roots of the words meaning the 15th of the month of Shvat, ie…16 January … Continue reading

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…and even more on happiness

Americans seem to be giving an inordinate amount of attention to the pursuit of happiness. Yet, we seem as unhappy as ever, perhaps more than ever. Could it be because we are pursuing happiness in a manner that is doomed … Continue reading

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The Idolatry of Money

Not long before Thanksgiving, Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church released Evangelii Gaudium his apostolic exhortation focusing predominantly on sharing the Christian Gospel. However, what got the most public attention was his comments on economics or , rather, the … Continue reading

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Some Things Defy Explanations

We human beings like to have reasons for everything. A statistical anomaly is abhorrent to us. We want answers for everything, even those things that defy explanation. When we don’t get an answer or the answer does not satisfy us, … Continue reading

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