“100% of my female friends have been sexually assaulted”

A female colleague told me this recently while we were discussing the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process. I was incredulous. “You’re certain it’s 100%?”, I asked. “Absolutely”, she replied. It doesn’t stop there. I went to a candlelight vigil for Dr. Ford a couple weeks ago (an aside: I was there because I wanted her claim … Continue reading “100% of my female friends have been sexually assaulted”

On Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe…”

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice" - MLK It's MLK Day today. I celebrated by reading some of his quotes and watching David Letterman interview Barack Obama and John Lewis. At times like these, the many gains since the 1960's seem lost. Instead of an African-American president signifying … Continue reading On Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe…”

Where is the moral outrage?

Previously, I wrote about the lack of empathy in our country right now. I argued that empathy is an obligation of parties that are on both sides of a debate / policy / political affiliation. As much as I believe this to be a causal factor in this country's current divisiveness, I'm also implicating morality as … Continue reading Where is the moral outrage?

We’re in an empathy crisis

If it feels like America is deeply divided, you're not alone. Our President is stating provable lies in a consistent pattern.  His speech (and policies) is at times hateful and intolerant, singling out immigrants, refugees, the media, liberals, etc. No wonder Americans are polarizing along the lines of supporting, or opposing, this President. What's the cause of all … Continue reading We’re in an empathy crisis

On governance (and what happens when there isn’t any)

Leaders who work within a governance structure are different than ones who never had governance over them.  We're experiencing the difference right now in our president's behavior, and nobody should be surprised at what we see. Why shouldn't this be surprising? We implicitly assume that all leaders are accustomed to a governance-based structure because they worked within … Continue reading On governance (and what happens when there isn’t any)

Is America’s divide about Christianity?

The Pew Research Foundation published an in-depth analysis of what constitutes "national identity" around the world. The data is based on Spring 2016 survey data. What struck me is how important being a Christian is to Americans, relative to other countries: As one might imagine, the importance of Christian affiliation is greater for Republicans than … Continue reading Is America’s divide about Christianity?

“Daddy, why is the President allowed to lie?”

My 9-year-old son is aware of the recent election and the President's actions since inauguration.  He sees news snippets on TV and brings stories back from school. It's been difficult explaining to him why the President can get away with lying. He understands that the role of President is to be our country's leader, and therefore … Continue reading “Daddy, why is the President allowed to lie?”