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Think of Others When You’re Offered that Vaccine
If you have a safe and convenient means of protecting yourself from danger that does not hurt others in the short-run or long-run, take...
Focusing on What Divides Us Divides Us
Love Doesn't Wait On Understanding Love doesn’t have to understand its object fully. Indeed, it never can. As for love, so for empathy...
Your Success Is All Luck - But You Can Make Luck
“Mild success can be explainable by skills and labor. Wild success is attributable to variance.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled By...
The Power of Refusal (and a Heuristic for Life)
“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” - Somerset Maugham This quotation...
Having & Happiness; Desire & Difference: Reasons of the Heart (3 of 3)
We tend to think of our love for a person like anything else – as something we either have or don’t have. But I think the emotional...
The Common Objects of Our Love – Biden’s Inauguration Speech
I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am, however, an American – a status I spent 12 years of my life and tens of thousands of...
Attachment and Addiction - Reasons of the Heart (2 of 3)
Love is addictive – neurochemically speaking. So it makes sense that the loss of a love relationship can feel utterly unbearable – like...
Dec 31, 2020
Love and Loss - Reasons of the Heart (1 of 3)
One of the quotes that I have returned to more than most is from the C17 French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, about something that in...
Dec 1, 2020
COVID-19: Bad Math = Bad Morality
From a peer-reviewed paper by John P. A. Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor who is highly regarded in evidence-based medicine,...
Nov 10, 2020
Half of Politics Is the Refusal to Be Imposed Upon
One of the most interesting aspects of political psychology concerns the gap between the reasons for which people believe they hold their...
Oct 15, 2020
Humilitarian - my latest (and last?) politically motivated project
Quietly in the background of my life over the last year and a half or so, I've been working with volunteers to whom I am profoundly...
Sep 21, 2020
“If the soul speaks, then alas it is not the soul that speaks.”
If the soul speaks, then alas it is not the soul that speaks. - Friedrich Schiller, German poet and philosopher For me, this was a...
Aug 10, 2020
Black Squares Matter: Don’t Let Social Media Turn Virtue Into Vice
In one of my professional roles, Academic Dean of an educational institute, I have the great privilege of interviewing young applicants...
Aug 4, 2020
The first quote in my 240-page commonplace book (see the first blog entry above) is this. If you wish to proceed into the infinite,...
Jun 30, 2020
Does Giving Everything to One Thing Lose You Something?
I think I was the only adult American who didn’t know who Michael Jordan is when the documentary, Last Dance came out. I had heard the...
Jun 16, 2020
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute...
Jun 14, 2020
Protests and Principles: Means and Ends
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article called "How America Made Me White." I just got around to rereading it in the light of recent...
Jun 11, 2020
At Times Like These: From Just Cause to Justice
History churns up many times like these – times when a deep and persistent injustice is widely perceived and met by a singular focus and...
Jun 5, 2020
Great Virtue vs. Cheap Virtue
Glaring and great injustice elicits glaring and great virtue - but also, alas, glaring and cheap virtue. How can you distinguish between...