Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Passing of Hitler’s Victims

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, though very strongly attracted to pacifism, found that the personification of evil — known as Adolph Hitler– put him in an awful situation. The key to Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the moral life was his sense of responsibility: We … Continue reading

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The Crudity of Ted Nugent

I understand that rocker Ted Nugent has labeled President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and that he has since apologized for his choice of words. He specified, however, that he was not apologizing to the President. Whether or not his apology … Continue reading

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Why are good people so naive?

On May 21, 1935, Hitler announced the institution of a universal military draft in Germany. On that day he delivered a speech outlining his 13 point plan for peace, a speech which led directly to the formation of a powerful … Continue reading

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The Center Will Not Hold

In 1969 the world of television hit one of its finest moments when the British art historian, Sir Kenneth Clark, produced a documentary called “Civilization.” He traced the development of western civilization over the last 1500 years, traveling with his … Continue reading

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A Snowy Day of Peace

The snow is falling in large, lazy clusters. No breeze pushes them. They simply drift down in silent peace. The quiet is something more than an absence of noise — It is restful, calming, comforting. I sit at my desk, … Continue reading

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Enjoying My Grandparents

I have no living grandparents yet I am continually enjoying several thousand grandparents through my studies in family history. I started with the four grandparents I knew, then explored their eight parents, and their sixteen, and so on. The geometric … Continue reading

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No more tobacco sales at CVS

America has a long and complicated relationship with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. While no one disputes the enormous cost of our use of these poisons — thousands of deaths, millions of nasty addictions, and billions of dollars! — we are … Continue reading

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