Anza-Borrego State Park, California, February 2005
Robert Thurman, in his book Inner Revolution, says that according to Tibetan Buddhism, “the purpose of human life is the evolutionary development of each human individual. Therefore the purpose of society is the education and empowerment of its individuals.”1 It’s interesting and surprising to me that Ralph Waldo Emerson said something similar, although I doubt heContinue reading “The Chinese Government and Tibet“
I went to San Francisco yesterday [December 1965] for the first time in two months. After wandering around the city, as dusk was deepening, I climbed Telegraph Hill. Past the last houses, onto Filbert Street – the last quarter-turn of the street to the parking lot. I could feel the fresh wind and smell andContinue reading “Telegraph Hill, San Francisco”
Joseph Campbell in his books about mythology discusses early stories about the Great Goddess and Mother Earth. “[T]he older, neolithic, and Bronze Age mythologies of the Goddess Mother of the universe, in whom all things have their being, gods and men, plants, animals, and inanimate objects alike, and whose cosmic body itself is the enclosingContinue reading “The Stories of Mother Earth”
During the early 1960s, my friend Sidney and I took two week-long hiking excursions during the summers in the Adirondack Park in the High Peak region. It was his favorite place for hiking – he grew up in the Philadelphia area and his family took regular summer camping vacations there. We backpacked all our suppliesContinue reading “Adirondack Tales”
In Megan Marshall’s book on The Peabody Sisters, she states “As she wrestled with the spiritual questions … Elizabeth gravitated toward a communitarian view rather than toward the cult of the self-reliant individual that Emerson and Thoreau would espouse.”1 Ms. Peabody certainly had a more communitarian view than Emerson and Thoreau. However, my view ofContinue reading “Comment on Elizabeth Peabody and the Transcendentalists”
Han-Shan was a Chinese Buddhist poet who named himself after a place in China where he lived called Cold Mountain (the translation of Han-Shan). His date is unclear, although stylistically he appears to be in the T’ang Dynasty, perhaps 700-780 CE. He is considered one of the greatest poets of classical Chinese poetry. The poetContinue reading “A Commentary on the Poems of Han-Shan”
White Supremacy is the principal driver of the history of the United States. We are not alone; every country in the Western Hemisphere has white supremacy at its root, from Canada south to Chile and Argentina. After all, this is why white Europeans came to this hemisphere, to take land and push the indigenous peopleContinue reading “White Supremacy and U. S. History”
On accidentally looking through William Wordsworth’s poems, this comparison simply jumped out at me. The poems: Evening on Calais Beach It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquillity; The gentleness of heaven broods o’er theContinue reading “Arnold’s “Dover Beach” and Wordsworth’s “Evening on Calais Beach” Compared”
On a cross-country trip in December 1967 I stopped in Chicago to visit a friend who was a student at Northwestern University. One night he had an engagement and suggested that I take dinner at a nearby restaurant called The Shack. This essay is a slightly fictionalized account of that dinner. 1967 was a strangeContinue reading “The Shack”
The 1970s Through The 1980s There were two big changes in this period. White Evangelical Voters.1 There was a massive shift from 1960 to 1990 of white evangelical voters away from the Democrats to the Republicans. There were two reasons. First, the moral codes that evangelicals derived from their interpretation of the Bible included no abortions,Continue reading “The De-Evolution of the Republican Party, Part 2”
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