“I like him personally; we have a different view on this.” I heard this on NPR today. A congressman said it about another congressman, each of whom was interviewed about the situation between the US and Iran. It’s a great example of classical tolerance: egalitarianism toward persons, and elitism toward ideas. Congressman A made a … Continue reading What do we mean by "tolerance"?
Good people all, this Christmas timeConsider well and bear in mindWhat our good God for us has doneIn sending his beloved son. These words from "The Wexford Carol" call us to live thoughtfully. It's never easy, but especially this busy time of year, we would do well to slow down and think more. Let's take … Continue reading Live thoughtfully this Christmas
"Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." The first statement is a belief. The second statement is a dogma. It's hard to tell the difference, isn't it? Let me take the conversation further so that the difference becomes clear. Belief "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Are you sure? I thought it was … Continue reading Belief vs. dogma
We can benefit from tracking our lifestyle activities. You know how much water you're supposed to drink every day, right? Although there are various schools of thought, health experts typically recommend eight eight-ounce glasses (the 8×8 rule). Although you probably know how much you're supposed to drink, do you know how much you actually drink? … Continue reading Do you know how much water you drink?
"Put it on the ground!" The woman ahead of me on the hiking trail mildly admonished her small son, who was lagging behind her. I thought the child must have picked up a worm, or doggie doo, or a bad habit. As I got closer, though, I saw that the boy was holding a huge … Continue reading “Drop the leaf, Louie”
I live at the edge of the woods. The head of my bed is up against a window that looks out on towering evergreens. When I wake in the morning, my head lies on my pillow, and my eyes gaze upward — not at the ceiling, but at those gorgeous trees. It's almost as though I'm … Continue reading Sleeping under the trees
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?
"How much coffee can I get for 57 cents?" My table was within eavesdropping distance of the cafe's counter. The scene was Coffee Revolution in Vancouver, WA, where The Thinkery meetup community often gathers. As I bustled around while my tea was steeping, readying my table for the group that was about to arrive, I overheard the … Continue reading Just $1 for all that?!