“Power, like vanity, is insatiable. Nothing short of omnipotence could satisfy it completely.” ~ Bertrand Russell I’m quite certain most of us, in this time of war and broken politics, have found ourselves asking: haven’t we’ve seen this picture before? Is history repeating itself? In Bertrand Russell’s 1950 Nobel acceptance speech he attempts to answer this question. His perspective is raw and unvarnished but in … Continue reading What Makes Us Tick?
“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” ― George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron) At some point or another we’ve all been exposed to ideas that have divided us into opposing camps. Some ideas are more strident than others, some more malicious, but all are biases and all make up the habitat of sectarianism. … Continue reading How My Mind Was Opened
Friday evening was the beginning of Passover, when the “mighty hand of Adonai” freed the Israelites from Egypt and sent them to wandering — in the desert. It is a story well worth remembering. It begins when the Israelites were held in bondage in Egypt. The Hebrew word for Egypt is mitzrayim, which literally means a “narrow place.” The Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, starts fretting … Continue reading Passover
“Who is good if he knows not who he is. And who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?” ~ Epictetus I, at one point in my life, lived as if I were imperishable. It was only when I was beaten up, thrown … Continue reading On Love and Loss
I think we’d all agree that self-absorption is an unhealthy characteristic and that we have too much of it in our social media-driven age. I heard it said that some people never have reflections unless they stand before a mirror. “I may not be much, but I’m all I think about.” How true. But today we’re witnessing something more sinister, a kind of malignant self-absorption … Continue reading Narcissism Unleashed