Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aziz

My wife with her Grandfather (Jiddu) When my wife and I married, we took each other’s names, so one of my middle names is now Alex. It probably really should be Aziz. When my wife’s family on her father’s side … Continue reading

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Cooperative Flourishing

The field of evolutionary biology provides evidence that collaboration is even more important than competition in the evolution of diverse and healthy ecosystems. It is not just about survival of the fittest; it is more importantly about the flourishing of … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Forgotten Years, September 1963-1968.

In our public celebration of the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., there is often not much said about the time between the “I Have a Dream” speech, given 50 years ago today in 1963, and the “I’ve … Continue reading

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If we think the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the performing arts are useless. . .

On more than one occasion, I have heard persons say that the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the performing arts are either useless or a waste of time. If we think the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the … Continue reading

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Cherry Picking

Cherry picking data is a common practice of persons and groups who are denying climate change and/or denying that we are facing an ecological crisis in general. This is simultaneously bad science and morally irresponsible. It is bad science because … Continue reading

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The Climate Change Priority

There can be no sustainable peace, there can be no sustainable justice, and there can be no sustainable prosperity without a sustainable environment. The Ecological Imperative is that we must sustain the environment for all other values to be sustained. … Continue reading

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Moving “Beyond Coexistence”

http://newsok.com/is-okc-ready-to-…-go-beyond-coexistence-these-young-people-say-yes/article/3872883 The vast majority of young people in our society are ready to move beyond coexistence with persons of other faiths and persons of no faith to work in service with each other to create a more peaceful, just, and … Continue reading

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Systemic Approaches

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that racism was not only a problem of individual attitudes and practices in society. He knew that is was also and more fundamentally a systemic problem. A whole network of systems, structures, laws, customs, and … Continue reading

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Responsibility

In the midst of our global ecological crisis, many persons seem to be continuing as if it were business as usual. Many do not want to believe that human beings can have such a devastating impact on the planet, and … Continue reading

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Meliorism

When I was a young boy growing up in Lawton, Oklahoma, my dad would take me hiking quite a bit in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge just minutes from our home. It was on our hikes in those mountains that … Continue reading

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