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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public servant: a prosecuting attorney, a city attorney and a trial judge. Born in Spokane, Washington where his military family lived until the age of twelve, he now resides in Everett, Washington. Married to his wife Beth since 1974, they have four adult children and one grandchild. Further discussions of Eric's work are available on his website: The Path of Public Service. Eric is the author of a children's book entitled: "The Island Horse." His new book" "The Tao of Public Service" was published February 2013 by Balboa Press. All Eric's books are currently available from: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Balboa Press and Self Discovery Publications directly or through the website listed below.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 A Culture of Work: A Social Justice Response (7 comments)
It is a misconception that inner-city men have somehow voluntarily and/or “culturally” determined not to work. The absolute ignorance of these sentiments is as absurd as it is erroneous. Inner-city culture is not a culture of failure to work. Quite simply rather, inner-city culture is a culture of structural oppression.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 Heartache, Love, Marriage, and Purpose
"Marriage must represent for man the highest achievement of his purpose.”
Marriage is much more than the result of falling into romance and seeing where it takes you. Marriage is a profound union of purpose that is often ignored in the aftermath of passion.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 Richard Sherman:"...A Little Further Than Football" (5 comments)
“We are born into this world to do and act a certain way. We actually have a…universal right to “be ourselves…” Something very important happened the other day, almost without notice that—as Richard Sherman says—goes much further than football.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 The War on Poverty Demands a Battle for Significance (7 comments)
In the War on Poverty, the tide may now again be turning. Yet, if we truly wish to complete the task, we must engage in a battle for significance. All who strive must become warriors for significance; just as those who began the task. We must win that battle or risk losing this war.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 Redefining Citizenship Can End the War on Drugs (3 comments)
"Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African-American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent second-class status..." from The New Jim Crow.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 Incognito versus Wooden: The Mythology of Ruthlessness (4 comments)
We all know the saying: "Nice guys finish last." We all feel the fear inherent in these words. But is this assertion even accurate? I say it is not and I have proof. Ruthlessness is a myth.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 A New View of Citizenship (7 comments)
In everyday life, every single person has the power to change the world. This fact is the very essence of The Peace Corps. The New Citizen lives by this fact.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 The Path and the Tao of Public Service (1 comments)
A new time and opportunity are on the horizon. It is a time when those who have the best interests of humanity at heart can forge a new form of life that can lead to a time, as one wise individual put it, when "the present state of fear, and of intense competitive struggle for existence, will be superceded by a real measure of stability and security."
Monday, April 22, 2013 No More Culture of Violence (5 comments)
In the so-called gun control debate we throw around terms like "assault weapons ban" or "expanded background checks" as if these represent the real problem. Let me state simply that: assault weapons, background checks or even the capacity of a magazine clip are not the problem. The problem at heart is with our culture of violence. As a society, we believe that violence is the answer to our problems.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 Create the Compassionate Society (11 comments)
If we want a society where violence does not rule, then we must emphasize and elevate the value of compassion. Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of the distress or suffering of others, together with a desire to alleviate it. Compassion is not weakness. Compassion is strength.
Monday, December 31, 2012 You Can't Disengage From the Village (1 comments)
Hillary Clinton wrote a book entitled, "It Takes A Village to Raise a Child." What if the village is suspect and you can't disengage from it? Doesn't this mean that in order to effectively raise your child you have to change the village?
Friday, December 14, 2012 The Nobility of Every Day Work (5 comments)
Nobility is dignity. Because of the potential to achieve a real purpose, any work done well can lead to dignity. In our time every citizen can feel a sense of mission, place and importance. Every task can be considered an act of service to our nation when the essence of that task is being achieved. In this way every act can be an act of public service. And in this way every kind of work can be noble.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 Party Opposition is Not Civil War (1 comments)
Today, politics in our nation is waged like war. Many observe that politics is pursued with the scorched earth strategy of war where the objective is to annihilate the opposition. But if we are to prosper as one nation, if we desire to end our undeclared civil war, then we must come to a new understanding of party and the idea of opposition.
Monday, November 5, 2012 Our Political System is Broken (4 comments)
No matter the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, we must eventually face the fact that our political system is broken. As such, our future struggle will be about whether we are able to fix it our not. And we must realize that the "it" we need to fix inheres not in our laws, our constitution or even some other arcane program. The "it" we need to fix is ourselves.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Pandering Destroys Purpose (1 comments)
Political pandering is telling a voter what they want to hear in order to solicit their vote. It is a timeless political technique. However, when it is done irresponsibly, without any limits, pandering directly destroys purpose.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Plutocracy Ignores Purpose (1 comments)
Every task can be considered an act of service to our nation when that task is done well. In this way every act can be an act of public service. And in this way every kind of work can be noble. This is the message if you believe individuals have an inherent purpose. But this is not the message of Plutocracy. Plutocracy ignores purpose.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 No Security Without Community (2 comments)
Today elections are about the acquisition of government power to enable the victors to establish their view of the best social order. Often the opposing views breakdown to security versus community. But is this a real choice? In my view there is no security without community.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 Real Change: Not Just in the Hands of Politicians (9 comments)
Our society stands in need of real change. Many people feel this almost with a sense of desperation. We feel desperate because we feel powerless to effect this change. But we need not feel this way because the power to effect change is in our hands not just in the hands of politicians. This writing discusses how this can be so.
Friday, August 3, 2012 True Service (1 comments)
This article tells the story of Cyle, a little boy who died of leukemia and the foster parents who changed his life. This article introduces the idea that each and every person is important and actually can provide the world with real benefit if they just do their job - act in a manner that considers purpose in addition to power. This idea is important because many of our problems result from a failure to do one's job.