The Perfect System, Part 2

In 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote a clever poem: “The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay: a Logical Story.” You can read about the poem’s background here, if you’re so inclined. It’s a humorous and enjoyable poem. I recommend reading it now, because I’m about to spoil the ending for you. While the poem … Continue reading The Perfect System, Part 2

The Perfect System, Part 1

From the earliest days of recorded history, people have concluded that humans can engineer an exquisitely designed social structure that will shape society in  a manner that allows them to triumph over the human condition. Yet rather than acknowledging that human nature has remained fundamentally unaltered throughout its history, each succeeding generation has endeavored to re-create its own more perfect version of the Tower of Babel using various religious and political systems. Each has failed or is in the process of failing.

Fear-Based Decisions

As is typically the case, fear is driving the discussion in virtually every facet of American political life.  Fomenting fear is a very useful tool to those seeking political power.  Encourage people to be afraid and promise them a solution--a solution that always involves the political leaders handling the problem through The System.  All that's … Continue reading Fear-Based Decisions

The Cultural Requirements of a Secular Society

The shrill voice of the segment of the American Public that continually clamors for more self-serving governmental policies, incessantly demands that public policy be formed in a secular vacuum—completely devoid of any religious influence. The offered rationale is that one’s religious views should not be forced upon another.  While that is true, what goes completely … Continue reading The Cultural Requirements of a Secular Society

Is Christianity a Viable Alternative to Humanism?

I saw this essay from Ann-Marie Slaughter today over at Foreign Policy.  It is entitled, “The Only Way Forward,” and the by-line was “Can the new world order be saved by humanism?”  The essay described a good number of world events that ranged from confusing, to concerning, to troubling, to downright horrible.  She went on to … Continue reading Is Christianity a Viable Alternative to Humanism?