Building, working

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see . . . → Read More: Building, working

Poor Direction for USAID

This article critiques new directions for the US government agency USAID guided by Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Obama administration.

In director Rajiv Shah’s recent policy speech, he indicates that the mission of genuine care and upliftment has been subsumed under the more dominant force of national self-interest, and further brought under the military . . . → Read More: Poor Direction for USAID

Why Election Processes Need Improvement

Societies need leaders that have the support of the people; they also need leaders with skills who are not beholden to financial interests or back-room promises. Current methods of electing and appointing leaders fail to do this. Elected officials tend to be more beholden to campaign donors than citizens, and tend to be better followers . . . → Read More: Why Election Processes Need Improvement

The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

A good New York Times article by Meg Jay

Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.

The territorial advances of moral relativism won since the sexual revolution are militantly . . . → Read More: The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

The Presumption of Reason

In this address, perhaps the last paper he wrote, Professor Hayek elaborates on the relationship between the evolution of the moral order and evolution of reason, arguing that the latter is dependent on the former, and that rationalists, like Marx and others, who try to construct a social order based on reason (just a small . . . → Read More: The Presumption of Reason

Lent, Pagans, and the Cycles of Life

This article examines the ideal of mutual respect, even appreciation  among believers and people of conscience 

Lent is a widely practiced time of reflection, repentance and renewal. Yet some Christians believe its observance is wrong.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/320413

Ritual develops habits that can lift us to greatness

Jonathan Sacks in the Times of London (July 22, 2011) posts an article inquiring into elements that create greatness.

What makes a champion? Is it down to hard work and repeated practice? There has been a splendid spate of books recently,  from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers to Matthew Syed’s Bounce,  on what makes great people great.  . . . → Read More: Ritual develops habits that can lift us to greatness

Continued problems in US foreign policy

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317007

Even a tiny request designed to create greater balance in US foreign policy is not fully granted by Congress, and not in the budget signed by President Obama

Robert Gates served as United States Secretary of Defense from November, 2006 (replacing Donald Rumsfeld) until April, 2011 (replaced by Leon Panetta). At his retirement ceremony . . . → Read More: Continued problems in US foreign policy

Fact and Value Revisited

The modernism which shaped the culture of the twentieth century can be traced to the philosophy of G.E. Moore, with its characteristic separation of fact and value. This already assumes a separation of subject and object, so loosing both the conditions of freedom and the mind’s way to reality.

As the rising star of philosophy . . . → Read More: Fact and Value Revisited

Re-Valuing: A Way Through Illusions

 

Abstract: The values of thrift and self-reliance are deeply etched into the history and memory of America’s pioneers. Today we see them returning with a vengeance in the groundswell called the Tea Party, and reshaping the political landscape. Yet in this dramatic process, much is not as it seems. Not appearances or rhetoric but . . . → Read More: Re-Valuing: A Way Through Illusions