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Idealism

American Dream Fraud: Confession of a Stupid Idealist

Larry Strauss | Posted 08.01.2014 | College
Larry Strauss

While I've been a true believer and I've perpetuated the belief in hard work as the great poverty buster, now when I talk to some of them I feel that I've perpetuated a great fraud upon them.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

We all live in the common-sense world, trusting in our five senses as if they transmit all reality to us. Yet the quantum revolution, as we've detailed in the last two posts, long ago undermined such a world view.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Reality itself, as explored by cutting-edge theories in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, is giving us hints that we should look at the world through fresh eyes.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 1)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Despite their many divergences, science and philosophy are both led forward by reality. This is inevitable if facts, concepts, axioms, and other mental models are to be reliable.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.

Life Delivers a Million-Dollar Grin

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

I must admit that there are times when it is difficult to keep looking up when we are surrounded by so many challenges that seem insurmountable. We live in a time when technological advances bombard us with information.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

When Jesus said "Blessed are the poor (or poor of heart)" he was not praising poverty as such. Quite the contrary: he was warning us that the kingdom of God (or of heaven on earth) would never be realized, much less possessed, by the avaricious or the greedy.

In Memory of Nelson Mandela: Nurturing a Spirit of Caring and Generosity in Our Children

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

We need to let them know that there is good work to be done in the world, work that they will be able to do and can do, even now.

Optimism Will Make the World a Better Place

Thomas White | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

If you think there is nothing that can be done to ameliorate or mitigate the changing climate, unregulated capitalism, oppressive governments, or heart wrenching poverty, then it's best if you step aside and allow those who believe in humanity to take the reins and move our world forward.

John Locke Goss: The Third Metric and the Wisdom of the Hippies

John Locke Goss | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
John Locke Goss

Some might say we gave up and dropped out, but it was more than that. We chose, rather, to try to change the world by example rather than by protest or force, so off we went to test our theories and beliefs.

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

What Do You Stand For?

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

'The idea is to die young as late as possible.' It might sound to some like a gimmick but I smiled. What a great challenge it is to keep the eyes of a beginner, the eternal enthusiasm of discovery when you grow up and old.

Dan Froomkin

Progressive Activists: The Idealists

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Four years ago, on the day Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, the world seemed full of possibilities -- particularly for the peo...

Philanthropy Mindset Hampers Sustainability Efforts

John Friedman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Business
John Friedman

How can we say we are building a business model if so many of us building it are following the charity model ourselves? As we tell businesses that they can do well by doing good, how many of us are remaining content to do good without doing well?

An Ideal Leader Versus a Practical Leader

Darshan A. Meda | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Darshan A. Meda

A practical leader understands the limitations of each member's capability and allows for self- leadership.

The End Of The Beginning

Jim Selman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

It is time for ordinary individuals to step up to some of the most profound and relevant philosophical questions in our history and confront the fact that "who we are" and what we believe may be more important than what we do.

Corroded infrastructure 2010/Robert Smithson's Writings on Entropy, 1966-67

Mira Schor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mira Schor

This week my graduate seminar students (at Parsons Fine Arts MFA) and I had a great discussion leading from Robert Smithson's writings on entropy to i...

Should Travel Writers Accept Freebies? I Say Yes

Simona Rabinovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Simona Rabinovitch

I rode a teenage elephant through the Thai jungle, partied till dawn from Ibiza to Reykjavik, and joined a Buddhist monk meditation ceremony as thousands of lanterns were released into the sky. Most of these trips were free.

Christopher Hitchens On 'The Daily Show': Author Talks 'Hitch-22,' Life As An Idealist In The 60's (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Christopher Hitchens spoke to Jon Stewart last night on "The Daily Show" about his new memoir, "Hitch-22." The controversial journalist, famous for hi...

Popping the Washington Post's Rahm Bubble

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Rather than fighting to save his own skin and to skewer others who are in and out of the Oval Office nearly as much as he is, Emanuel needs to help champion a sensible transition to a more effective team.

Idealism, Conscience And The Spiritual Left

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Rooted deep in the grain of American culture, the Spirtual Left has long acted as the progressive conscience of the nation, championing from the beginning causes like abolition and women's rights.

Does Endlessly Searching Mean Never Satisfied?

Michael Melcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Melcher

What's an ENFJ? Me, for one. We are always searching. This urge can help us to make a positive impact on the world, and it can also make us crazy and ineffectual.

"It Is What It Is" Is the Only Truth, the Rest is Interpretation

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

When you and I look at one and the same object of reality, say a hat, and you think it is great looking and I think it's heinous, the only thing that both of us can agree on is that "it is what it is."

Who Is Pressing The Pressmen?

Emily Bracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.