Happiness is sometimes represented as elusive or fantasy metaphorically symbolized with unicorns and rainbows. It may seem completely out of reach for the even-keeled and more so for the depressed among us.
Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.
Ecosystems provide for a plethora of human needs, from nutritious food, to timber, fiber and fuel. Yet, over the past 50 years, humans have degraded ecosystems more rapidly than in any comparable period in history.
The need for love and intimacy is a fundamental human need, as primal as the need for food, water, and air. Yet because of the breakdown of social networks in the past 25 years, this need often goes unfulfilled.
People of faith and of conscience must add their voices to tell Congress to act reasonably and responsibly. Rejecting the House leaders' efforts later this summer to extend the unfair tax breaks for the top 2 percent would be a good start.