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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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 1, 2018 Growing Hate: Do Not Feed The Beast
There are those who claim that attacking an individual or a group in the manner Hitler did is "just words," or "merely rhetoric." But this is simply not true. These words are the precursors of a process of destruction. These words feed certain beliefs and grow them in order to dominate the mind-set of the populace. And we have history to prove it.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Comparing Visions: The McCain Ceremonial
Many of the commentators that fill our airwaves with their opinions have offered that Senator John McCain's death ceremonial was a rebuke to the current administration. I feel that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Senator McCain, in his last, perhaps most significant public statement, was not offering a rebuke. But was instead offering a vision, to help his fellow Americans perceive what is true.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 25, 2016 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
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 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, 6314 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2015 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, 6314 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 9, 2015 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, 6314 views)
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 1, 2015 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, 6314 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2014 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 6, 2014 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.
(22 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 10, 2014 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2014 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2014 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2013 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 4, 2013 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."
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2013 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 26, 2013 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.