Define “Failure,” Please…

I did that thing I haven’t done in years: I turned on the talk radio for a moment during a drive.  It’s health care reform discussion, naturally—well, not health care reform so much as the usual partisan bickering. Naturally, these talk radio shows themselves thrive and thereby profit from the extreme divisiveness, so it is… Continue reading Define “Failure,” Please…

A Note on Health Care Reform

My nine-year-old son has a pre-existing condition.  He’s had it since birth.  It’s Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  It’s incurable and it’s steadily degenerative. Through no fault of his own, I lost my job sometime ago.  Through no fault of his own, I could not afford COBRA payments, which for a family of four were on… Continue reading A Note on Health Care Reform

Chasing Wisdom and Compassion

Buddhists, like many religious, tout the attributes of wisdom and compassion. Some go on to make a practice of cultivating them. Unfortunately, it is easy for such a practice to lead one astray. The want or need to act compassionately itself kills compassion.The want or need to act wisely itself kills wisdom. Compassion does not… Continue reading Chasing Wisdom and Compassion

Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Be Still and Know

Meditation of the Day – November 5 “You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learnt very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily.” –Ellen White,… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Be Still and Know

Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Merton on Lao Tzu

On the contrary, [Lao Tzu] is trying to preach a doctrine which to Westerners seems oversubtle: that the reality of humanity and righteousness is right there in front of your nose if only you will practice them without self-conscious reflection, or self-congratulation, and without trying to explain and justify your acts by ethical theory. In… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Merton on Lao Tzu

Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Who is Speaking? Who is Acting?

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 3 “Once you have achieved this oneness, when you talk, God talks; when you act, God acts.”–Chuck Ross, LAKOTA In my innermost self, I know this to be true. I know of this oneness. The more I am free of doubt, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, anger, the closer I… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Who is Speaking? Who is Acting?