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Jason Shulman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Jason Shulman

Guns are quiet manipulators of what we see and believe as well. One thing their hidden prismatic activity does is accentuate the division of the world into victims and victimizers. This lens also accentuates a sense of innate fear of others as opposed to an innate sense of safety.

When a Society Falls Madly in Love With Hating Enemies

Robert Hall | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment. The Godfather Enemy: it is the ascending relationship of our time. Terrorism, a Presidential el...

The Right Wing's Need for Enemies and the Damage to Our Nation

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A train of thought I'd like to share: In a biography of Montaigne I've lately been reading (How to Live, by Sarah Bakewell), I came across a passage ...

The Dynamics Of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

War doesn't work. Bombing ISIS doesn't work. Closing our border to Syrians -- or Mexicans -- doesn't work. Yet "we," by which I mean the whole world, go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. Why are we violent but not illiterate?

I Am a Ben Carsonophobe

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

If it is frightening to Dr. Carson that I want equality, then he is being irrational. If he views my desire to be equal as divisive and merely an aspect of "PC culture," that makes little sense. If he believes that wanting to be treated equally under the law is provoking some sort of war, making enemies and destroying this nation, then he is not thinking clearly.

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Candidate

Marty Kaplan | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

I can see Biden's point about solving the nation's problems: If you're working toward solutions, why call an advocate of a policy you oppose your "enemy," when "my good friend across the aisle" will do? My reservation is that speaking well of the other party can drain genuinely moral disputes of authentic moral authority.

5 Things Your Financial Frenemy Will Say To Keep You Living in Debt

Kara Stevens | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

Discerning between you financial frenemy and financial friend is a cornerstone to developing a healthy financial backbone. But be strong and of good courage when you come across the forked tongue of your financial frenemy. Your wallet and your financial future depend on it.

On the Monday After Easter

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Jesus said that his followers would be people who revel in the truth that they are loved by God, and who are identified by the radical love they have for each other and the world. Love. That's it. It's that simple.

The Taliban in the Self

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

How many children has our greed killed? How many children grow up without proper education? How many children are subjected to the slow deaths of racism, homophobia and sexism? How many children are dead because of our thirst for guns and violence? The questions can go on and on.

Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What matters here is not the fixing of personal blame (or lack thereof), but the acknowledgment of systemic and historic wrong of monumental proportions and -- at long, long last -- a momentum of social healing that doesn't end prematurely.

Army of One

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Memorial Day might just as well be called Social Substitutability Day, unless we deepen and widen its meaning and allow the day's remembrance to include the crimes against humanity every side in war commits -- unless we remember that militarism, like racism and misogyny, are the real enemies.

Keep Your Friends Close... and Your Frenemies Closer

Renee Graziano | Posted 07.14.2014 | Celebrity
Renee Graziano

As you have witnessed on MobWives, the term "friend" is used way too loosely. To my surprise, some that I have considered friends have morphed into a straight-up enemy, or this emerging new breed of "frenemies."

The Joys of a Zombie Apocalypse

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

People are drawn to zombies for a variety of reasons. For some, it's just good, untidy fun. If your marksmanship is spot on, you'll be rewarded with a splash of satisfying gore.

What I Know About Enemies Now That I'm 60

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Enemies, depending on the degree to which you empower them, can rule -- and ruin -- your life. They make your kid not want to play on the soccer team anymore. They make your mother want to skip the dining room and eat in her room at the assisted living place. They make you dread going to office meetings where they seem intent on undermining everything you say.

When We Share a Table With Our Enemies

Lillian Daniel | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Thousands of years ago, in the world's most beloved psalm, the people were told that one day God would spread a table before them in the presence of their enemies: "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies." What does it mean?

Should My Friend's Enemies Be My Enemies, Too?

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Sophia A. Nelson

If I am having an "issue" with someone, and it turns ugly, can "B," the mutual friend of us both, love us both, and stay loyal to us both without having to choose sides or get stuck in our mess? The answer from my perspective is: maybe.

Indefinite Enemies

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We need enemies. Homeland Security is psychological. Thus the guilt or innocence of the Gitmo prisoners and all our other detainees is irrelevant.

How to Turn a World Lacking in Enemies Into the Most Threatening Place in the Universe

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Had you been able to time-travel back to the Cold War era to inform Americans that, in the future, our major enemies would be in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya, and so on, they would surely have thought you mad (or lucky indeed).

Best Friends and Bullying: Are they Cousins?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am convinced that a great deal of girl-on-girl and women-on-women bullying would be significantly less likely to occur if we taught our daughters two things: that they don't need to have a best friend and that they should express their feelings directly and kindly.

Life In The '70s: Keep Your Friends Close, And Your Enemies...

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I consider myself blessed to grow up where and when I did -- the south side of Chicago in the 1970s. With all those kids on the block, it was easy to make friends. It was also easy to make enemies.

Friend or Enemy?

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.08.2012 | College
Ilana Ross

My best friend Michaela and I didn't realize we were best friends until junior year when I rowed from Tangier to Spain to visit her, and save her from...

Marcus Baram

Bush Lied To FBI Director About Spying On Americans, Book Says | Marcus Baram | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush lied to FBI Director Robert Mueller in the Oval Office to protect White House programs that secretly eavesdropped on A...

Your New Favorite Frenemy: Valerie Frankel, Author of It's Hard Not to Hate You

Rachel Kramer Bussel | Posted 02.20.2012 | Books
Rachel Kramer Bussel

In It's Hard Not to Hate You, Valerie Frankel delivers an often amusing, entertaining, educational and at times gossipy story of her life.

What Does it Mean to Be Free of Definitions?

Gangaji | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living

What is the frame or context of your life? You don't know how your story will end, but at this point you can discover what your story is about.

From Enmity to Comity: Restoring Civility and Pride to American Life

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Calls for civility have not worked, either with the public or the partisan commentators who model disdain and contempt for their followers. Why is hate resonating with the American public?