100 Things I Know #2 – There Must Be Something Larger Than Us

My reading in the Bible’s Psalms this morning contained passages in which the writer described our lives as smoke, and, whether rich or poor, our years as a breath.   Believer and atheist alike can accept this as ancient wisdom, an exercise in perspective. Our experience sets us in the middle of things, as if we …

“Insulated By Thick Layers of Insensibility”

"Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing and a more genuine communion.  But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and clichés repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant …

100 Things I Know #13 – Grace is Necessary, Present, and Uncontrollable

Grace is necessary. We can achieve by ourselves, thank you very much.   If we’re in need of repair (which we are, given that Something Is Wrong), we can also fix ourselves.   We have capacities to control both positive and negative energy, and for good or ill, most of the time, we are the responsible party.   …

100 Things I Know #18 – There Is A Call in Beauty

Beauty is real. We argue over its subjectivity and objectivity, but in both concept and experience, the presence of something we call Beauty is undeniable.   The experience of Beauty stirs us, speaks to us, and creates (or illuminates) a yearning in us that longs to be filled, yet most often, is not. What is Beauty? …

100 Things I Know #17 – I Know I Don’t Know What It Means To Be Black In America

Let me say it again, just to be clear.   I know that I don't know what it means to be black in America. That’s an awkward way to say it.   Here's what I mean. § I am white, and I am privileged.   And for most of my adult life, that privilege was invisible …

100 Things I Know #11 – We Are Not Gods.

Death will prove this to us.   A broken tooth will prove it.   We control very little.   Our own minds muster up armies of thought against us.   We are multiple inside, one part taskmaster, one part rebel, another part mysterious, balancing between divine and hellish desires.   We cannot bend time backwards.   We cannot force immortality.   We …

100 Things I Know #8 – Something Is Wrong

This is not rocket science.   Murder, rape, theft, betrayal, lying, abuse, racism, injustice, war…make your own list.   These actions and institutions feel wrong to us.   They seem so "not right."   Less extreme are the choices many of us face each day, often compelled by this idea: “Do the right thing.”   Politics is made of battles …