Category Archives: Controversy

To Be Fair

One of the first interpersonal impulses we feel as children is the necessity of fairness–especially as it applies to ourselves. The matter of justice is strong in other species, too. People who have more than one dog have observed that … Continue reading

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Antagonism (Op Ed)

Many of today’s so-called popular movements appear to be based upon and fueled by the spirit of antagonism. There is the misguided idea that in order to improve something, like a major social institution, is to destroy it. Such antagonism … Continue reading

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Serious Reflections On Leisure

A relatively mild November weekend has been conducive to pondering the concept of leisure. It is a concept I’ve felt increasingly protective of ever since I was automated and downsized out of a job a dozen years ago. It was … Continue reading

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To Be Free

It’s possible and probable that one can live in a free country and not be free. We might interpret that statement in different ways. Conventionally, one could be an inmate in a jail, penitentiary, or sanitarium. One could find oneself … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts About Competition

Conflict and competition are inevitable in humans from childhood onwards. This is just an aspect of our biological nature. Competition may arise in the form of sibling rivalry, or conflict among pupils in the classroom. Competition for higher grades and … Continue reading

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Harmful

Nearly all of us have been taught to never kill or hurt life, threaten health, steal possessions, or limit liberty. Doing any or all of these is harmful. Yet humans regularly do harm others either by themselves or by proxy. … Continue reading

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Resentment

Today, while America observes another anniversary of 9/11, one might claim that the horrific terrorism came about, at least in part, due to anger and resentment of the perpetrators. The tragic destruction of lives and property demonstrated the dark power … Continue reading

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