If we genuinely seek to change the minds of others, we must approach them with well-thought-out arguments, unbiased evidence, and a fair amount of compassion and care. And with a dash of humility, we keep in mind that perhaps they have something to teach us as well.
Whether or not you're planning to watch tonight's televised debate of the Republican U.S. Presidential candidates, one thing is for sure: much of the discussion afterwards will be about who "won" it.
I know, right? It's a take on an old lawyer joke. But I just can't help it. All of the online negativity in general, and that directed at lawyers specifically, is beginning to get to me. I'll have more on the general negativity later, but for now let's look at the lawyer stuff.
This is long overdue. I hoped the problem would go away, but it only seems to be getting worse. It is a slow lingering drawn-out death. The word "awesome" used to mean something.
The 14th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. My social media newsfeeds are filled with less outward sensitivity and commemoration today than they w...
Darkness The Color of Snow begins one icy cold night, when rookie police officer Ronald Forbert pulls over an old high school chum for speeding. The car is filled with drunken friends, and when Forbert attempts to arrest the driver for DUI, a freakish accident leads to the driver's death.
There are some who dismiss humankind's ability to rise to the challenge of stopping climate change, and they tend to proclaim themselves (often rather seriously) as realists. In truth: they are merely apologists for failure, and ignorant of history as well.
In a recent New York Times article, "Your Brain, Your Disease, Your Self," authors Nina Strohminger and Shaun Nichols state that the most powerful pre...
The key is choosing how to best express it. It doesn't come from brisket. It comes from us. That's what we bring to the table. A meal that causes no harm to others only furthers that love.
I don't believe our inaction is because we don't think about the change but rather it is because we imagine the story is deeper than what we are told...
For those committed to meat consumption, eating what they kill may offer various advantages over eating what they find sealed in cellophane. But it is a niche admonition at best, impertinent to the masses of us.
One way to eliminate a practice is to convince people that the practice conflicts with the core values of their society and/or religion. In Abraham's day, the core values were expressed as God's orders; today the core consists of fundamental principles.
His trajectory as an American Christian of Arab descent, who transformed into a Jew and then an Israeli who fights for his country, has certainly shaped Lemay as a complex individual with a variety of viewpoints relating to identity, of his own, and of the other.
God doesn't do what He does for his own purposes. He does what He does to help us move farther along the path to happiness in an eternal sense.
Where is the leadership? Is it tainted or toppled by hubris, narcissism, megalomania or some other tragic human frailty?
President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.