Saturday, December 15, 2007
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
- Albert Einstein
Friday, December 14, 2007
It was a mediocre try, the article falls apart for so many reasons. Below are Lowry's quotes with my comments:
"Like Dean, he is rising toward the top of polls in a crowded field based on his appeal to a particular niche of his party."
-Is it just a "niche" of voters that are placing him in the lead by 12 pts in
"Social conservatism has to be part of the Republican message, but it can't be the message in its entirety."
-Also, completely off as far as describing Huckabee. Social conservatism is by far not his only message (but a great one for the GOP as the article mentions). He also believes strongly in investing in education and innovation in order to maintain our much threatened economic vitality. Also, he's in a freakin' rock band.
Huckabee has declared that he doesn't believe in evolution. Even if there are many people in
-Um, the GOP doesn't need any help on that front--stem cells, evolution, global warming.
In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in September, Huckabee struck notes seemingly borrowed from Barack Obama, hitting the Bush administration for its "bunker mentality" and strongly supporting direct talks with
-No advisers huh? This is from a recent AP release, "nowhere is the change in thinking more advanced than in the
Here's the article link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071213/pl_afp/usmilitarydiplomacy
-I don't support Huckabee, but I think contrary to what Lowry and the National Review wish, his support is only going to grow. Who Huckabee represents is not the fundamentalist pharisees, but the everyday, human, intelligent main-stream Christian.
This article was weak, I can' t believe that's all it takes to write for a national "journal."
p.s. If anything makes Huckabee vulnerable, it is the corruption, that almost defies belief, of
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wisdom is always taste -- in both Latin and Hebrew, the word for wisdom comes from the word for taste -- so it's something to taste, not something to theorize about. "Taste and see that God is good," the psalm says; and that's wisdom: tasting life. No one can do it for us. The mystical tradition is very much a Sophia tradition. It is about tasting and trusting experience, before institution or dogma.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
For a novelist, intuition is essential. Basically it's contrary to intellectualism, which is probably the thing that I detest most in the world - in the sense that the real world is turned into a kind of immovable theory. Intuition has the advantage that either it is, or it isn't. You don't struggle to try to put a round peg into a square hole.- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Despite a prominent member of the National Right to Life committee--and I'm sure any number of liberal-identifiers would as well--referring to the initiative as "a political ploy to silence the debate" the report argues that consensus is possible "through better communication and a greater willingness to focus on common goals".
Eve Conant interviewed Rev. Joel C. Hunter, pastor of 12,000 member Northland Church in Orlando about his involvement. Click here to read it for yourself--its short.
Here is a statement from Reverend Hunter on his position:
“None of us want to compromise our moral beliefs, nor will we. But all of us need to learn to cooperate in ways that can advance parts of our agenda together, and in ways that can counterbalance the growing polarization of our country. Ideology ought to mature into practical progress."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
In combating cynicism, it helps to know its source. Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist--someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations. Then they found themselves disappointed, hurt, and eventually embittered because people fell short of their ideals.
How can we be idealists and not be personally toppled when others disappoint?
For starters, there is no need to suppress our disappointment--because it's going to happen.
From there, I've learned to have three seperate sets of expectations:
- Expectations of an envisioned outcome
- Expectations about the actions and speech of others
- Expectations for my own conduct and perspective
Although I can exercise a varying degree of influence over the first two, they are ultimately out of my control. The third alone is up to me.
In work, school and relationships, I've found that if I am clear about the third, and have expressed the first and second, no matter how the outcomes may shift, or how others may behave, I can appreciate the results and learn from the process with my own integrity and peace in tact--usually. As a result, my ability to influence the first two realms has expanded as I've grown clearer, calmer, and more confident.
Thanks to Fred Kofman who has helped elucidate these distinctions for me.
Inspiration is not garnered from litanies of what is flawed; it resides in humanity's willingness to restore, redress, reform, recover, reimagine, and reconsider. Healing the wounds of the Earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party. It is not a liberal or conservative activity. It is a sacred act.
-Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, Natural Capitalism, and The Ecology of Commerce
Monday, November 19, 2007
1. A perceived need for the GOP to reinvent itself toward broader appeal
2. The trend for young evangelical republicans to engage in global social, environmental, and racial justice
3. Disengaged-government arguments by the libertarian wing of the party
4. Robertson and co-host's telling commentary at the end: "just go back GOP to what you were before"
Will a "broader global concern", informed by pragmatism and sound management, overcome individualist cynicism?
Robertson can't imagine.