We tend to think of powerful people as people who weld a huge amount of brute force and use that force to bend others to their will. In reality, that does not seem to be true. To retain power, the powerful must manipulate people, not force them, to acquiesce to their will. Consider the man... Continue Reading →
WHAT COULD BE WORST THAN WHAT THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE?
Debating can be a very frustrating and unproductive activity. If our objective is to change the mind of a partisan, most likely we will not get anywhere. Why? We can try to get into the head of the person we are debating, but we don't actually know what they are thinking. All we can do... Continue Reading →
IT GOES BOTH WAYS
In my last post we considered how the news media had perpetuated lies against a bunch of Catholic high school boys. Why did they do that? It appears they were victims of their own biases. As a result, they further damaged their already shaky reputations. Hatred is self destructive. It destroys our objectivity, makes it... Continue Reading →
WHAT SHOULD WE BE THINKING ABOUT?
What should we be thinking about? That's something each of us needs to decide for our self. Since my priorities are not perfect -- I am not God -- I would be wrong to impose them upon others. Still I have my ideas, and I am not ashamed to copy them from others. Everett Piper... Continue Reading →