(Democratic Demise) Democracy is the only form of government that champions the right of the citizenry to espouse and live in a manner that is destructive to its intentions. These intentions are affirming the equal worth of every citizen; pursuing the common good; and insisting on citizenry rule. Anything that […]
(Always Boxed In) There is no such thing as thinking outside the box. This phrase is only a useful euphemism for thinking creatively. But however creative my thinking might be it is still inside my box. I cannot think outside this box because my box is my view of reality. […]
WHY LOVE IS NOT THE ANSWER (What Creates Social Transformation?) We seem to be fond of the notion that love will cure all our ills. I do not believe this is the case. Here is why. I hear people saying how much they love their partners, certain music, ball games, […]
WHY ANTI DOESN’T TRANSFORM Proclaiming that we are anti-racism and anti-oppression will not transform our culture. We have been proclaiming such for fifty years and things are no better than when we first began the announcement. And that is not because we have not acted. We have. We have […]
BIRDS AND HUMANS (Flour Paste and Crazy Glue) Birds of a feather flock together. Folk Wisdom Birds and Humans The sixteenth century folk wisdom that birds of a feather flock together speaks to those affinities that cause both birds and humans to bond in community. While the natures are […]
(It All Depends) My beliefs imply a set of values. This set of values is my conscience that grounds all my decisions and judgments about living. All of my primary relationships and community experiences are guided by these values. They instruct my living. They are focal to my entire existence. […]
By believers in democracy I mean people committed to the notions that all humans are of equal worth, that the purpose of democracy is to sustain the common good, and that the citizenry is responsible by its vote. Although such believers are a minority, we are powerful enough to give direction to our culture. However, despite our best intentions, we tend to fail in accomplishing our goals. Here are a few of my musings about this failure.