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Author, columnist, and blogger with a long career in business management, management consulting and executive coaching. I've authored and published seven books: "You, Your Self and the 21st Century,"The Flowers Are Talking to Me," and "Faith Stirred Not Shaken," Christianity in America,"The Martian Prelude," Faith Stirred not Shaken, 2nd edition," "On Coaching with The Birkman Method." I try to keep this in mind when I write: Sometime back I was watching an old movie titled Biloxi Blues. At one point a young man named Epstein, warns the protagonist, a fledgling writer, played by a very young Matthew Broderick, "when you compromise your true opinions you commit yourself to mediocrity."
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So Who's Correct?
Do you like to argue? Have you ever changed anyone's mind my doing so? This urge goes back a long way. It's in our DNA. Let's hope it doesn't kill us all.
Thursday, February 22, 2018(12 comments)
What's happening to us old white men?
Are old white men the last group we can generalize about? If so, why? Some old white men have suffered more than anyone else at the hands of other old white men.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Liberals Unite! (Tee hee)
What's happening to our overarching liberal purpose while we argue among ourselves about whose personal needs will be met first. If and when we ever get the power back, we can address them. Not in our current shattered state.
Truth is Lost in Our National Hallucination
As we can readily see by the everyday mistruths from the president and the silence from his party, we can forget the truth. The only thing that counts is sustaining the hallucination that is the United States. For instance, "We were once great and we're going to make America Great Again." "We are a Christian nation and are blessed by God above all others."
Monday, July 17, 2017(5 comments)
Rules? We Don't Need No Stinking Rules!
In corporations the higher you go the righter you are. Now we're seeing how this works in government as the GOP and the Trump administration create their daily pandemonium.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017(29 comments)
We've Stepped Over the Edge of Climate Change.
If you think this is simply politics as usual, consider this. Our government is protecting the rights of the corporate entities that profit from this disaster rather than protecting us, our children and our grandchildren. At a deeper level, they are protecting their power to deny effective action to keep campaign funds flowing into their coffers.
The Boiled Frog Story: An Updated Version
Is it too late for all us frogs to jump from the boiling water? Where would we go? No. We're cooked and the Republicans are turning up the heat a few more degrees anyway.
The N word in America
The use of the N word reveals much about the hidden psyche in America. A psyche that was born in the scandalous beginnings of the country that calls itself exceptional among all other nations.
China's New Silk Road $1.4 Trillion. U.S. Cuts Education Funding
China is on the rise, and we're stuck with a political system that stays tangled up in its own underwear. No, I'm not proposing the Chinese system would work here, as Mr. Li points out in his TED presentation. But we had better start thinking outside this box of arrogance we live in. We now have some honest to goodness competition from all over the planet, and China is leading the way.
Monday, May 15, 2017(12 comments)
Strong Man Leadership or National Disgrace?
Effective leadership is simple and complex at the same time. It is simple because it's based on a natural human connection. It's complex for the same reason. Human beings are complex and emotional, regardless of how steadfastly we insist that rational thinking will always triumph.
Now we have the ultimate challenge to the question of effective leadership.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Let's Pause for Sanity.
If you're religious, you might say that meditation and prayer are attempts to experience God. If not, you might say they're attempts to experience the true nature of reality. Either way, we should learn to respect each other's journey toward a common destination that goes by many names.
It might save our shared reality we're so fond of arguing about.
The Destructive Illusion of Certainty
There is one cognitive bias that is very common in today's world of constant streaming data. It's called confirmation/disconfirmation bias. We find evidence for and against any proposition to validate what we already believe. In a practical sense, we believe the evidence that confirms our point of view and ignore what doesn't.
Thursday, April 27, 2017(16 comments)
What Happened to Compassion?
I read a quote some time ago, and I can't give credit to who said it. But to paraphrase, if we are going to keep pulling drowning people out down-river, we should figure out how to stop throwing them in up-river.
Friday, April 21, 2017(11 comments)
Can I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love This Bomb?
We all have a serious choice to make. And that choice is beginning to look like the last real freedom we have. With the takeover of government by the military industrial complex, only mass voter turnouts will balance the power.
We Are the Enemy.
While a large portion of the country is frightened of foreign terrorism, the real enemy is our willingness to disqualify each other's opinions because of their political affiliation. We're harming ourselves.
Trump: "I will totally destroy the Johnson Amendment."
Trump's statement was a nod to the Fundamentalist Christian Evangelical Right [i] who supported him. Their goal is that found in Christian Dominionism. His promise is another step in a well-organized plan that starts with the Home Schooling movement.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017(12 comments)
Is the Oval Office the Proverbial China Shop?
The jobs replaced by automation won't come back. The terrorism done by American citizens won't be eliminated by banning immigrants. The deregulation of laws that protect us and our environment won't provide clean air and water. The wealth that accrues to the top one percent won't trickle down. The clueless billionaires who head up agencies they don't understand won't be the saviors of the common citizen.
Alternative Facts are Real Facts
During the last several years we have been traveling a road to perdition. This road being the road to different information sources to justify our opinions. So much so that we've arrived at a point where we've diminished the value of facts in favor of strongly held opinions.
Saturday, January 21, 2017(14 comments)
Science, Religion, or Both?
Science tells us one story and religion another. Neither is complete. Neither offers absolutes. Together they offer profound new questions. In union, they can give us a depth of understanding that leads to a new level of comfort and assurance.
Is the Appeal of Fake News an Ominous Sign?
Much of our inability to discern the truth from a lie is the absence of grounding or a baseline from which to judge. The public domain has been creating this void for years; this void being a "post fact" society.
Saturday, December 10, 2016(20 comments)
Where Are We Going and Why?
We can see the frightening symptoms all around us but few can identify the causes. It might be because they are so deeply embedded they are transparent to the casual observer. But we might have the answers under our noses.
Image or Substance? The Voter's Choice.
This election is far too important to determine your choice using public image. Get the facts. They're out there. Find them and make your vote a well thought-out choice.
Monday, August 15, 2016
And We're Surprised???
Are we really surprised at the rise of this man named Trump? Let's look at the culture that gives him nourishment.
Friday, August 12, 2016(15 comments)
How Did We Invent the Trump Candidacy?
He has no credentials for the role for which he supposedly aspires. He is simply the product of a society that knows not its own power to create the illness he represents.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016(31 comments)
An open letter to my fellow progressives,
The time to think of Donald Trump as a joke, an anomaly, is long past. For his loyal followers, he's the king. And they will be at the polling stations in large numbers anxious to bring an end to their misery by electing a man who understands their plight and will lead them back to the American dream that made America great. You can take this to the bank.
Monday, July 18, 2016(19 comments)
Three More Dead! Surprised? Really?
We see these tragic events as single actions committed by individuals and fail to see the dynamics of a system that spawns them. To act as though systemic factors don't affect an individual's behavior is to assure that we'll keep seeing these horrific events unfold unabated in the future.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Recent History of GOP Foretold Trump.
How can such a controversial character like Trump be in the position to take his candidacy to the voters in November? It has a lot to do with the unstable condition of the Republican party and his equally disturbed supporter.
Thursday, June 30, 2016(7 comments)
And the Beat Goes On: Mega-rich get richer. Society Crumbles
Think of the Mideast. Think ISIS here. Think of terrorism. Terrorists don't attack us because of our freedoms. They attack out of desperation. Out of a frustration that comes with no future, and a feeling of impotence in the face of the continued economic violence committed in the name of corporate profits and greed. Corporations protected by the most powerful military in the history of the world. Ours!
Monday, June 13, 2016
Fifty Dead in Orlando: The Latest Fatalities in World War III
We fail to see that we've lost the objective while we fight about whether "guns kill people" or "people kill people." Whether drones create more terrorists when we kill their leaders. We fail the see that we all victims of this war. Even the perpetrators who pull the triggers or fly the drones are victims.
Friday, June 10, 2016(4 comments)
Did Senator Perdue Really Pray for the President's Death?
Here we have a perfect storm of inferential leaping and dog whistle politics. Ms. Woodruff's headline leaps to a conclusion that her report doesn't support unless one can hear the dog whistle"or simply concede the old saying, "the large print giveth and the fine print taketh away."
Friday, June 3, 2016(10 comments)
Ryan Accepts Trump. Move Along. Nothing to See Here.
Please be assured I'm not singling Mr. Ryan out for criticism. He's a politician and a successful one at that. He's just more obvious because of his elevated status. I'm afraid his quick-change expertise is just an example of business as usual in our political system.
I'm No scientist. I'm a Worried Grandfather.
Everything is preceded by some causal event. If this is true, it must follow that events today will cause events tomorrow and all the tomorrows of our future.
So given our seeming inability to deal with our real issues and instead focus on simple-minded concerns like some movie star's sexual orientation, one hundred years from now things might look like this:
Friday, June 19, 2015(3 comments)
National Illusion Crumbles In South Carolina
Nine black people die at the hands of a young white supremacist. He admitted his motive was to start a race war. And still one half of this nation is twisting itself into contortions to protect the illusion that overt racism wasn't the reason for his actions.
Friday, June 12, 2015(7 comments)
Rosewater, a Film Full of Parallels
At first I was stunned at the ubiquitous display of propaganda all over Tehran; on the side of buildings, signs and bill boards everywhere. But then it occurred to me, there are parallels here too. But in America the propaganda is not about the religion of Islam. It's about Western religion, capitalism.
He's at it Again: Pope Teaching True Christianity!
To these Pauline Christians, the task of extricating extremist right wing politics from their perverted religious interpretations is onerous. An onerous task made more difficult because when their form of religion is used as an ideological pretext to political ambitions, there is no inspirational core on which to stan
Monday, January 12, 2015(6 comments)
"Je suis Charlie" Me Too!
To add fuel to the roaring fire, certain news organizations and individuals have rushed to condemn all Muslims for the acts of an infinitesimal, disenfranchised minority. Some claiming that the Muslim community doesn't do enough to protest these horrible actions being committed in the name of Islam. Wrong again. Tens of thousands of true Muslims have protested all over the world, France included.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014(3 comments)
Sicker Than Our Secrets
We only need to look as far as the success of Fox News to find a thermometer. Have you ever thought about why a channel independently proven to be falsifying facts and misinforming viewers is the leading cable news organization?
Monday, December 8, 2014(6 comments)
We're as Sick as Our Secrets
You see, the problem is that until we can openly admit that our country's foundation is crazed through with injustices, we will all continue to be victims. Whether it be the Michael Browns or the people who kill them or the friends and families who suffer their losses; all victims of the same systemic illness we see, deflect, deny, project, and in every other way resist every day of our lives.