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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 still resides in Washington State. Married to his wife Beth since 1974, they have four adult children and two grandchildren. Further discussions of Eric's work are available on the website: The Path of Public Service. Eric is the author of the following books: a children's book entitled: "The Island Horse," November 2005; "The Tao of Public Service" published February 2013 by Balboa Press, and "All Lives Matter: Essays, On the Need for a New View of Citizenship" published by KindlePublishing e-book July 2015. 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.
Demonization and Political Rhetoric
Demonizing words are the precursors of violence and annihilation. Both the wise and the truly political avoid them in trying to advance true change and progress. Efforts at demonization are attempts to create change based on a lie. Such efforts are not progressive, nor will they result in true change
Thursday, February 4, 2016(4 comments)
All Lives Matter: A Philosophy of Significance
"Because we are a nation which is so diverse and can only function peacefully as a melting pot, meaning that our differences have to blend rather than form barriers which polarize and divide: We must have a common philosophy..." Black Lives Matter: The Citizenship Ideal. Series: Black Lives Matter (4 Articles, 5835 views)
Sunday, November 29, 2015(3 comments)
Black Lives Matter: The Citizenship Ideal
"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality...Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly...Strangely enough I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Series: Black Lives Matter (4 Articles, 5835 views)
Monday, November 9, 2015(3 comments)
Black Lives Matter: Voting Rights Are Not Enough
The right to vote has been universally understood as the essential and critical right in our bundle of citizenship rights. Yet, after 145 years of battle, Black Americans have not yet secured full citizenship through the right to vote. Accordingly, we are forced to conclude that voting rights are not enough to guarantee citizenship for Black Americans. So what is needed? The right to full development. Series: Black Lives Matter (4 Articles, 5835 views)
Thursday, October 1, 2015(9 comments)
Black Lives Matter: The Problem of Citizenship
The Black Lives Matter movement and the NAACP have made recent demands. The first demand is to be made free from a police brutality that has killed countless blacks in just this past year. The other demands are for adequate and safe education, good jobs and fair wages, and complete protection of the right to vote. If you distill all of these requests down to their essence: Isn't this just a crying out for full citizenship? Series: Black Lives Matter (4 Articles, 5835 views)
Thursday, August 21, 2014(3 comments)
Ferguson: The Need for Community Policing
Saturday, August 9th, a City of Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown"Accusations are flying that this is just another racially motivated shooting. But is that all there is to it? Isn't there a deeper problem related to how our police forces operate? In America today the militarization of our police forces threatens to destroy the essence of our communities. And it is unnecessary.
Sunday, July 6, 2014(11 comments)
The Power of Sincerity
Most people associate the word "sincere" with the dictionary definition...The common sense of the word rests in a concern for the genuine in contrast to the fake. However, the true meaning of the word goes much deeper. This deeper meaning posits the achievement of congruity between our true inner reality and our external image. Its power is demonstrated when the inner reality is made manifest in the outer world.
Saturday, May 10, 2014(22 comments)
Nothing to Fear but Fear
Many people believe that we live in a dog-eat-dog world, in which power and the possession of it is the only thing that matters. But those of us who believe in a world where people are essentially good are not a bunch of wild-eyed, gullible optimists: that is unless you believe that Jesus, Buddha, Confucius, and others of their ilk were all impractical idealists.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014(7 comments)
A Culture of Work: A Social Justice Response
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(5 comments)
Richard Sherman:"...A Little Further Than Football"
“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(7 comments)
The War on Poverty Demands a Battle for Significance
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(3 comments)
Redefining Citizenship Can End the War on Drugs
"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.
A New View of Citizenship
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(1 comments)
The Path and the Tao of Public Service
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(5 comments)
No More Culture of Violence
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(11 comments)
Create the Compassionate Society
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(1 comments)
You Can't Disengage From the Village
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(5 comments)
The Nobility of Every Day Work
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(1 comments)
Party Opposition is Not Civil War
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(4 comments)
Our Political System is Broken
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(1 comments)
Pandering Destroys Purpose
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(1 comments)
Plutocracy Ignores Purpose
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(2 comments)
No Security Without Community
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(9 comments)
Real Change: Not Just in the Hands of Politicians
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(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.